We were told that if we did not stop holding hands we would be escorted out by security. This upset us terribly. I know Costa Rica is not America but they had to have rights and discrimination laws here, right?
When my partner, Geovanny told his friends on Facebook, immediately there was overwhelming support. We rallied the support from a wonderful lesbian activist group who gathered over 200 people to demonstrate in front of the building. But it went on, we filed a complaint with the courts and now, the case is at Costa Rica’s version of the Supreme Court. What happens here is very important and this is why I need your help.
No matter what your religious beliefs, discrimination is wrong.
It’s very important because the bar/casino is spreading lies saying that we were kissing and acting sexual with each other. (Which as you can see from the unedited video from Youtube is a complete lie) and they’ve drummed up two witnesses to say this (one of whom coincidentally happens to work at the Parliment. Payola?) They say all this even though as you can see from the videos below none of it is true.
You can see the videos yourself here:
If we win this case, this could help change laws everywhere in Costa Rica forever. No longer will gays, lesbians, straight couples, transgenered couples not be allowed to hold hands in public. There will be equal rights at this casino and therefore will be a benchmark for this country and all of Central and perhaps South America.
What’s worse is if we lose this case, the Casino can come back and try to sue us! Imagine that.
I’m asking if you will please write a quick email to the supreme court below and tell them that you support us and that you will not stand for discrimination and will not visit Costa Rica, nor tell your friends or family to go to Costa Rica until there is true equality there for couples of all types.
Every single email matters. It takes just seconds to do. Whether you’re straight or gay or anywhere in between, whether you’re black or white or green, imagine if you were just trying to eat dinner with your partner and you were arrested for holding hands in the street. Does that sound right? This is the full and final decision and once the court rules on it, they never change the laws. That’s why it’s important that we win this case.
Simply copy and paste these emails and please remember to mention our Case Number #Exp 1149-81-0007-CO
Here is where you email:
Here’s an example of what you might say. It can be very short:
I am in full support of Geovanny Delgado Castro and Jeff Rivera. Discrimination should not be tolerated whether it is against gays, lesbians, blacks or Asians. And furthermore, my family, my colleagues, my friends, and I do not plan on coming to Costa Rica until this issue is resolved in a fair and just way. The WORLD is watching. Please, make the right decision with their case: #Exp 1149-81-0007-CO