Enrique Sanchez (Instagram)
Enrique Sanchez (Instagram)

In a historic moment, the first openly gay man elected to the Costa Rica National Assembly has officially been sworn into office.

Enrique Sánchez, a former journalist and member of the leftist Citizen’s Action Party, will now officially represent a portion of San José Province in the National Assembly.

Sánchez told the Washington Blade on Thursday during an interview from the Costa Rican capital of San José that he never hid his sexual orientation during his campaign, before adding that the reaction he received from voters was “positive.”

“My campaign sought to promote visibility for the LGBT community,” he explained. “My sexual orientation wasn’t something I hid.”

40-year-old Sánchez, took office a month after Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen’s Action Party defeated Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration Party in the second round of Costa Rica’s presidential election.