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New Costa Rica President hoisted gay flag and National flag together

gay flag and National flag togetherThe Gay flag was hoisted together with the national flag of Costa Rica. Last Friday, May 16, 2014, was possibly a big day for many locals and expats living in Costa Rica. Especially for the gay community.

The Catholic and Christian communities might not agree but the recently elected President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, hoisted the rainbow flag, the gay flag, and commonly called the Gay Pride flag and sometimes LBTG Pride flag, right next to the official flag of the Republic of Costa Rica in the local White House (Casa Presidencial).

This is not the first act that the new President commits to show that he is different than all the former presidents of the Republic of Costa Rica.

A couple of days ago, he decided to go around the neighborhood to present himself as their new neighbor. He communicated the neighbors that his house will always be open for them if they have any suggestions or ideas, within reason. President Solís had already ordered to cut back all the green bushes that had given the “Casa Presidencial” for many years its privacy. That is his way of showing how much he wants to be in touch with the people.

Does hoisting the gay flag on the Presidential inauguration mean anything? Let’s see.

Open minded

A good decision? I believe the country was in need of changes and Solís is showing he intends to change a lot and to be more open-minded. Time will tell if he can keep up with promoting changes. That is why the people voted for him. By hoisting the gay flag, he can now definitely count on the gay community in Costa Rica in the next four years.

One of the gay rights marches in San José | Photo: Kent Gilbert – Reuters


Change is not always good, especially if the changes are radical. The Catholic and Christian communities have battled the gay issue in the past. President Solís is now openly saying to stop discrimination and showing this government’s position on human rights.

Local TV Host Choché Romano asked Solís in a January program on Channel 9 that if he invited him to celebrate his birthday in one of the gay bars Bochinche or La Avispa. Solís answered that he had been to gay bars before and that he would have no problem with attending such an occasion. Solís also commented that in his opinion gay domestic partnerships should be treated exactly the same as common-law marriages. In his opinion granting gay partners the same civil and inheritance rights that a common-law marriage has is a necessity. He also stated that homophobia and the violation of a gay person’s right are incompatible with a democratic regime.

A Gay Minister

On the Presidential inauguration on May 8, 2014, where newly elected President Luis Guillermo Solís was sworn into office, the new Minister of Tourism Wilhelm von Breymann and his gay partner of 19 years, Mauricio Alfaro, marched together in the inaugural procession.

Costa Rica Minister of Tourism with his partner Mauricio Alfaro | Photo: Fernando Chaves

LBGT market

Costa Rica has been a prominent LBGT tourism market for many years and many foreign gay residents and owners of Costa Rica real estate have found the local culture quite open and tolerant and you can live the lifestyle you are looking for anywhere in Costa Rica.

Some of our readers might not agree with the new President’s decisions. But you should know that all our affiliate members have declared upon acceptance of membership that they are opposed to any discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, politics, religion or creed.

This blog is strictly the opinion of Ivo Henfling, writer of this blog. The American European Real Estate Group’s affiliate partners might have a different opinion. The Group is not responsible for anything said in this blog. To buy or sell property in Costa Rica, contact us now.

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Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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