U.S. well represented at diversity march

The United States was represented Sunday when thousands marched in a sexual diversity parade in San José. Some estimates said as many as 27,000 persons participated.

The U.S. ambassador, S. Fitzgerald Haney, was marching along with embassy staffers and a contingent of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers. With him was Michael Gort, the Canadian ambassador, and Vice President Ana Helena Chacón.

The rainbow flag was much in evidence.

A special guest was Gina Chávez, a bilingual folk singer from Austin, Texas, who also has spent time working with youngsters in El Salvador.

U.S. Embassy staffers have made other displays for diversity. The rainbow flag has been hoisted above the embassy, and Tuesday the building in Pavas will be bathed in rainbow light, staffers said.

In an unrelated development, the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social said Friday that it will adjust its death payment rules to include the surviving member of a same-sex couple.

In New York City, wire service reports said that 32,000 persons marched and perhaps as many as a million persons watched in that city’s parade.  Many said they saw the event as a tribute to those killed two weeks ago in Orlando, Florida. There were many other parades elsewhere.

U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney, wearing an unusual shirt, poses with Gina Chávez, the Austin, Texas, singer.

U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney, wearing an unusual shirt, poses with Gina Chávez, the Austin, Texas, singer.

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