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September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

July 23, 2014

42 of 53 countries competing in the Commonwealth Games make gay sex illegal but they’ve just seen a gay kiss at the opening ceremony

Glasgow has defied Commonwealth gay hate by getting John Barrowman to kiss a man in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

A shocking 42 of the 53 countries competing in the games, the world’s third biggest multi-sports tournament, criminalize homosexuality.

Some, including Uganda, Nigeria, Brunei and Jamaica, are famous as some of the world’s most homophobic countries.

They are in sharp contrast to Scotland, the games’ host, where same-sex marriage is legal.

June 14, 2014

More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter urging the US to force Brunei to abandon its draconian laws that call for amputation for thieves, and the stoning of gays and adulterers – or not be allowed to participate in a 12-country trade pact talk

One hundred and nineteen members of the House of Representatives signed a letter urging Secretary of State John Kerry and US Trade Representative Michael Froman to shun Brunei in talks on a Pacific free trade zone agreement unless it addresses its recently introduced Islamic laws that  threatens the human rights of groups including women and LGBTIs.

June 3, 2014

Peter Purton, LGBT policy officer for the Trade Union Congress, looks at the evolution and current state of homophobia in schools, work and sport

It’s easy to think how good things are for LGBT people in Britain today, particularly when compared to Russia, with Putin’s law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’, or Uganda, Nigeria, or Brunei, where the government just introduced stoning to death for adulterers and those caught having homosexual relations.

Here in Britain we can now get married!

June 2, 2014

Kate has decided to not side with the many celebrities, like Ellen DeGeneres, who are boycotting hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei – a man who wishes for gay people to be stoned to death.

Kate, the 32-year-old royal, slipped in and out of the underground car park of the Dorchester Hotel inside a blacked-out people carrier.

Several celebrities, like Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Anna Wintour, have boycotted hotels owned by Brunei over the introduction of Sharia law.

May 6, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'The sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by stoning to those in Brunei'

The Human Rights Campaign is blasting hotels owned the sultan of Brunei for promoting wedding services to gay couples. Their owner has imposed Islamic criminal punishments in his country that includes stoning gay people to death.

The largest LGBTI equal rights organization in the US is calling out as hypocrisy the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Hotel seeking wedding business in California where same-sex marriage became legal again last year.

May 6, 2014

HRC President Chad Griffin: 'The sultan is offering free strawberries to LGBT couples in L.A. and death by stoning to those in Brunei'

The Human Rights Campaign is blasting hotels owned the sultan of Brunei for promoting wedding services to gay couples. Their owner has imposed Islamic criminal punishments in his country that includes stoning gay people to death.

The largest LGBTI equal rights organization in the US is calling out as hypocrisy the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Hotel seeking wedding business in California where same-sex marriage became legal again last year.

May 5, 2014

Famed hotel, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is beginning to lose events like tonight's Global Women's Rights Awards

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno stepped back into the limelight Monday (5 May) to join a demonstration across from The Beverly Hills Hotel protesting human rights violations the Sultan of Brunei.

The landmark hotel, home to many high-profile events each year, is owned by the Sultan of Brunei who has imposed a series of Islamic criminal punishments that include stoning gay people to death.

'What year is this? 1814? Come on people, it’s 2014,' Leno said.

May 3, 2014

'No Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights'

Richard Branson, Virgin's founder and CEO, announced employees of his company will boycott hotels run by the Sultan of Brunei due to the country's anti-gay laws.

'No Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester Hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,' he wrote on his Twitter account.

April 30, 2014

As of 1 May 2014, the state of Brunei will launch a severe three-year Islamic penal code, punishing crimes of theft with amputations and same-sex acts with death by stoning

Starting tomorrow (1 May) Brunei starts an alarming masterplan to implement Islamic Sharia law that will eventually see gay people stoned to death.

The implementation on the penal code had been postponed from 22 April ‘due to unavoidable circumstances,’ according to a government official, but the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah has made a statement saying he will enforce the law starting tomorrow.

April 27, 2014

Protesters gathered outside the hotel in Los Angeles to campaign against the Sultan of Brunei’s plan to make gay sex punishable by stoning

Protests against Brunei’s proposed anti-gay policies continued on Saturday (26 April) when a small group of campaigners picketed outside the Beverly Hills Hotel, US.

In light of the Sultanate of Brunei’s plans to make homosexuality a crime punishable by stoning, several equality groups and campaigners have called for people to boycott the chain of hotels owned by him.

April 25, 2014

Asian sexual health groups fear that Brunei’s plans to stone convicted homosexuals to death will hamper efforts to combat HIV among men-who-have sex with men in South East Asia

The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and the Islands of South East Asian Network on Male and Transgender Sexual Health (ISEAN) have expressed alarm at the prospect of the implementation of the Sultanate of Brunei’s new penal code which would see the death penalty imposed for adultery, homosexuality and leaving the Islamic faith.

April 22, 2014

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality

Brunei has said it has delayed a law punishing gay sex by stoning, but said it will happen ‘in the very near future’.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has faced international criticism after adopting a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

This includes homosexuality, adultery, rape, and declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

The implementation of the harsh Islamic punishments was due to begin today (22 April).

April 18, 2014

A conference of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has taken its business away from The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to protest its owner’s, the Sultanate of Brunei, new policy of stoning homosexuals to death

The South East Asian Sultanate of Brunei’s sharia based new penal code is getting some blowback in the United States where a gathering of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has dropped plans to use a hotel owned by the Sultanate for a conference.

April 18, 2014

A conference of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has taken its business away from The Beverley Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to protest its owner’s, the Sultanate of Brunei, new policy of stoning homosexuals to death

The South East Asian Sultanate of Brunei’s sharia based new penal code is getting some blowback in the United States where a gathering of high worth donors to LGBTI causes has dropped plans to use a hotel owned by the Sultanate for a conference.

April 15, 2014

United Nations has appealed to Brunei to delay the penal code that will introduce death by stoning for several crimes including homosexuality

Brunei will now stone you if you have gay sex from next week.

The predominantly Muslim nation of south-east Asia has adopted a new penal code calling for death by stoning for several crimes.

This includes homosexuality, adultery, rape, and declaring oneself to be non-Muslim.

Gay sex was originally only punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The United Nations human rights office has appealed to Brunei to hold off enforcement of the new penal code, scheduled to take effect 22 April.

November 6, 2013

Omar Kuddus asks if LGBTI activism has become dominated by ‘fashions’ and whether a focus on Russia is distracting from the wider struggle for rights

Whilst the world’s and media’s attention is focused on the plight of Russian LGBTIs, we must not forget homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries.

With the Winter Olympics Sochi in 2014 and Russia’s anti-gay propaganda laws firmly in place, not a day goes by without some news about the conditions Russian homosexuals face under the heinous anti-gay propaganda laws.

May 8, 2013

Hotel spokesperson says Brunei government owners do not effect their policies, but protest organizer says that's not the point

The Beverly Hills Hotel has responded to the accusation that they are owned by the anti-gay government of Brunei.

'There are dozens of countries with laws not as progressive as the United States or the state of California, and extreme conservative religious and rigid forms of law exist in many nations around the world,' said a statement from Leslie Lefkowitz, spokesperson for the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air.

April 30, 2013

Union in California takes on Asian fight against anti-gay practices in Brunei, by picketing Brunei-owned Beverly Hills Hotel

A union on the other side of the world has taken on the fight of LGBT activists in Asia who were excluded from a meeting in Brunei last week.

US-based hospitality union Unite Here were alerted to the exclusion of LGBT groups from an ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) conference by a Gay Star News report.

April 12, 2013

After taking part in meetings for the last two years, LGBT rights groups have been excluded from this year's ASEAN Civil Society Conference and People's Forum in Brunei

LGBT rights activists are being excluded from a conference on human rights in Southeast Asia.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) SOGI Caucus attended the first two ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People's Forums in 2011 and 2012, but it has been excluded from this year's meeting in Brunei.

'ASEAN SOGI Caucus' voice is being silent by a group that calls itself a civil society,' said Indonesia representative Vien Tanjung to Gay Star News.