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.
The Beverly Hills Hotel was the planned location for the secret 1-4 May OutGiving summit but organizers dumped the venue as the location after they discovered Brunei’s plan to execute convicted homosexuals from 22 April.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is just one of a series of luxury hotels across the US owned by the Brunei Investment Agency which is part of the Finance Ministry of the Sultanate of Brunei.
Under the new penal code homosexuality becomes a death penalty offense in Brunei alongside rape, adultery and leaving the Muslim faith – with the sentence to be carried out by stoning.
The Washington Blade made the connection between Brunei and the hotel and contacted OutGiving organizers Gill Action.
Gill Action executive director Kirk Fordham decided to pull the conference from the hotel, telling the Washington Blade, ‘In light of the horrific anti-gay policy approved by the Government of Brunei, Gill Action made the decision earlier today to relocate its conference from the Beverly Hills Hotel to another property.’
‘We are seeking a return of all deposits.‘
The Beverly Hills Hotel had already been the subject of a boycott campaign beginning in February last year while it still punished convicted homosexuals with only ten years in prison.
The Sultanate of Brunei is a Muslim monarchy in the north of the island of Borneo which it shares with Malaysia and Indonesia.