Country of allies? - Current Edition

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 make Costa Rica a more equitable and inclusive place takes place at the national level—but sometimes it...

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 seeds whose roots sprout from the fertility of the mountain, following the rhythm that our ancestors have...

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, so that every sip by every wedding guest on this festive Virginia night tells the story that...

Costa Rica’s advances towards inclusion—with some detours

Over the past three decades, Costa Rica has made important legislative advances towards greater inclusion and respect for LGBTIQ+ rights. Having moved from the arrests of same-sex couples because their presence in bars was considered illegal in the 80s, to the implementation...

‘For my whole life, my existence has been invalidated’

As I was completing my Common App as a part of the university admissions process, I couldn't help but glance at the message saying “Welcome, Fabiola.” I wish I could genuinely say I feel no connection to the name, but I...