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LGBT Activists Protest Beverly Hills Hotel

The hotel's ties to the Sultan of Brunei's 'state-sponsored homophobia' prompt a boycott and protest demonstration.

Gay rights activists demonstrated Friday in front of the Beverly Hills Hotel, displaying a banner on Sunset Boulevard that read, "This hotel is owned by homophobes."

A group called Dump The Beverly Hills Hotel also organized a boycott that was announced Wednesday, linking the hotel’s owner to "state-sponsored homophobia."

"The gay community in Los Angeles supported by Unite Here has announced that they're breaking up with the Beverly Hills Hotel because the owner is from the nation of Brunei, which has homophobic laws," said protest organizer Hal Weiss. "We think that it's the height of hypcocrisy that a hotel would operate in such a progressive, gay-friendly city and yet behind them is this extremely backwards and homophobic state."

Pastor Scott Imler from Crescent Heights Church in West Hollywood also attended the protest.

"We're here today to speak out about hypocrisy of the ownership of this hotel where alcohol is illegal in Brunei," Imler said. "The ownership of this hotel is willing to come here and sell alcohol to gay and lesbian people while denying them even the right to their love and relationships in their own country."

Beverly Hills Hotel spokeswoman Jenna Duran said "we want people to know over the past 100 years our doors have always been open to this diverse world, and we invite everyone to come and experieince our hospitality."

Activists released a video that announced a "breakup" with the hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei and known for hosting A-list Hollywood types and a range of celebrities. In Brunei, same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The video, which is posted above, is accompanied by a public letter that calls on supporters to neither "eat, meet or sleep" at the hotel.

Dive Turn Work February 18, 2013 at 04:21 AM
Donny and Marie still perform? Aren't they like 90? People would pay to see those geriatrics?
me February 18, 2013 at 06:25 AM
now that's just absurd!!!.....nobody is presenting themselves to be anything of the sort
Pastor Scott T. Imler February 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Thanks, “different Paul,” for the invitation to comment. You were doing a fine job in dealing with the most glaring omission in the original Patch report (since revised), that the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel and The Bel Air Hotel is not just a "resident" of Brunei but as you point out is in fact the "infallible," " supreme ruler," "defender of Islamic Faith,” and "owner" of the fifth richest nation in the world. All by way of agreeing that expecting any behavioral modification based on the economics of a boycott - even at $16 per martini, is futile. But it's not gay money that the Sultan of Brunei is after, it’s the cynicism he’s after. What the Sultan wants is exactly what he got in many of the responses here - cynicism. Cynicism about the protest, the protesters, the Sultan's right to "earn a living" - regardless of who he exploits in the process, his "right" to run his country as he sees fit - regardless of who he oppresses. And most importantly, vis a vi the boycott of the ugly stepsisters “Beverly” and “Bel”, cynicism of the gay community as to the consequences of our buying choices for both our LGBT brethren half a world away and the disenfranchised Bel Air workers fired after 20 years so they could be replaced them with cheaper labor to pay for the old-girl’s multi-million dollar face lift..
Pastor Scott T. Imler February 27, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Heaven forbid that our entertainment revelry be disrupted by anything so depressing as human suffering or the hypocrisy that inflicts it. But, I have to agree with the central argument of the “nay” sayers here, that there is indeed a troubling disconnect in all of this, which far surpasses the lousy reporting. In fact, it was perhaps the weakest and most pathetic demonstration I've ever been a part of, largely because the rest of you weren't. PascotScott
Bruneian October 28, 2013 at 10:41 AM
This is what you are supporting, our persecution by going here! Thanks! Brunei underground LGBT http://www.brudirect.com/national/national/national-local/9294-talk-provides-clarity-on-syariah-penal-code

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