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Country of allies?

‘Coming out is a constant thing’

Telling my friends in our rural community, Monteverde, was fairly easy. Coming out is a constant thing, though.

She named him twice

What’s in a name? To a mother, at one point, it’s everything. She ponders, wonders, smiles at her own audacity. She says the names of...

Building safe spaces for Costa Rica’s LGTBIQ+ community

Esteban Alfaro decided to make a change in his canton, Perez Zeledón, after he and his boyfriend were thrown out of a bar in...

From repression to the celebration of desire: Mateo’s story

Where does desire come from? I don't know. It's probably shaped by various factors. What I do know is that all people experience desire, but...

Inclusion 2.0: workshops ask Costa Rican businesses to open new doors

“The little girl never grows up.”  The psychologist José Luis García has just posed a question: in the 2001 Russell Crowe movie “A Beautiful Mind,”...

Cisnormativity is a circle, and I am a star

I was so happy that day. I arrived at the salon with a very clear idea in mind. I wanted to see myself look...

‘Finally, we can sleep at night’

“Ya vamos a poder dormir.” Now we’ll be able to sleep at night. Now. Ya. Finally. Ya, a word so expressive, so eloquent. It can...

Grassroots work for an inclusive public sector

An office where fingerprints are processed. A training for the administrators of public ports. The meeting room of a municipal government. Sometimes, the work to...

Coming out in Talamanca: the basket and the seed

The seed? That’s me. The most unnatural thing is to fear the natural. But what is natural? Are not all seeds natural? I am one of those...

One day, they said yes

Bourbon. Bitters. Sugar. Water. A graceful unwinding of orange peel. Why call it an Old Fashioned when you could call it a Media Naranja,...
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