Costa Rica takes a stand against homophobic bullying
Every May 17, private schools and public schools in the country carry out activities to promote respect for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Starting this year, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP ) included the celebration against all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The purpose of the celebration is to educate people to prevent bullying in the classroom.
“The idea is to educate to respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation. In grade school there is a high level of bullying towards people who are gay,” said Francisco Madrigal, head of the Research Center and Promotion of Human Rights for Central America (CIPAC) .
The CIPAC also offers workshops to address human rights and sexual diversity in the classroom.
“This is a crucial step to introduce education regarding affectivity and sexuality in order to break myths that deny our young people the right to form something human and healthy such as the enjoyment of sexuality,” said Education Minister Leonardo Garnier in the presentation of the 2014 school calendar .
Homophobia is the set of beliefs, opinions, attitudes and behavior of aggression, hatred, contempt, ridicule and other related forms of discrimination occurring against sexually diverse people.
In 2008 , was published in the Official Gazette, the Executive Decree N ° . 34399 – S , which declared May 17 as “National Day Against Homophobia .”
That day was chosen because it coincides with the elimination of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.