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Following the rights of trans-people to choose their new name with which they want to be recognized in the bank card.
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Published Wednesday, June 30, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following the rights of trans-people to choose their new name with which they want to be recognized, the National Bank enabled the option of requesting debit cards with their preferred name.

"We want all people to feel cared for in the full exercise of their rights," Alejandra Chinchilla-Morera, Bank's Head of Communication.

People interested in using a bank card with their preferred name can obtain more information by calling the bank's line 2212-2000.

Costa Rica is known for their more progressive and inclusive laws compared to the rest of the region, especially in terms of the LGBTQ population.

In May 2020, same-sex marriage became legal in Costa Rica, following a ruling of the Supreme Court issued Aug. 2018. As of May 2020, same-sex couples who want to marry civilly may do so.

The lay for LGTB communities (lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual) allows notaries to register same-sex marriages at the Civil Registry.

Also, the law allows access to family housing bonds for them.
This measure will regulate the recognition of migratory rights by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration derived from unions formed by same-sex couples, either through marriage or de facto bond duly recognized in any foreign legislation.
This right allows temporary residences, permanent residences, special categories or any other process of migratory regulation of foreigners who are in the national territory to be recognized.

The law also allows the Protocol of Comprehensive Care of Trans People for hormones in the health services network. This protocol aims to provide comprehensive care to transgender individuals so that they can get the treatments prescribed by a specialist.

The policy also allows for people the right to declare their sexual identity and gender for foreigners in the Immigration and Identity Document for Foreigners (DIMEX) documents issued by Migration.

A Presidential Decree declares May 17 as the "National Day against Homophobia, Lesbophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia." The title of the decree is modified to include biphobia as one of the forms of discrimination.

Homophobia is hate directed at homosexuals, lesbophobia is hate of lesbian, biphobia is hate of bisexual people and transphobia is hate directed at transgender individuals.

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