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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.

Spanky McUnderpants February 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM
The guy has owned the hotel for decades. Why are you, just now, deciding on a boycott? You need to do something better with you time. And stop posting nude shots.
Spanky McUnderpants February 16, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Uhm, I'm sure the money is being used to pay the employees of the hotel. You know, people who work for a living and haven't done anything to you... You need to figure out another way of protesting.
Brian Hamilton February 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Ken Howard LCSW: Your logic fails. Now you'll have to boycott every Catholic, and every Christian business and performer because they too funded anti-gay Prop 8. The whole world is against us, aaaah! "Know Thine Enemy!" LOL
Ali February 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM
In response to Jeffrey Proctor's comment about if it wasn't for people like John Duran we would not have West Hollywood as it is now.....that's why I am not voting for him this election! West Hollywood has gotten off the path we wanted...John Duran is in the pocket of developers now and the east end is being swallowed up by huge developments nobody on the east end wants and changes the whole character of "our urban village".
JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter February 17, 2013 at 05:51 AM
Sometime the GLBT community picks battles that do not need to be fought. I would like to know WHO started this action against this hotel. Was it someone that worked there and got fired and they have a bone to pick? This hotel, and two others in LA are owned by the Sultan's investment company. Are they being picketed also? We really need to pay closer attention and #BoycottPapaJohnsPizza and #DominosPizza and #BoycottChickFilA because those organizations are spending money against us. The Sultan is NOT! He is running HIS country the way he wants to and is NOT doing any harm to the GLBT community. Boycott Brunei if you so desire but it is a colossal waste of time to boycott this hotel.
JESS Kalinowsky Registered Voter February 17, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Is there some sort of evidence that Brunei "kills GLBT brothers and sisters". I have NEVER heard of this. [and I am a news hound!]. DOCUMENTATION of these murders before making such claims.
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 03:55 PM
If he were an ordinary citizen it would be one thing- but accrding to Wikipedia "Under Brunei's 1959 constitution, the Sultan is the head of state with full executive authority, including emergency powers since 1962. On 9 March 2006, the Sultan was reported to have amended Brunei's constitution to make himself infallible under Bruneian law.[1] Bolkiah is also the Prime Minister as well as holding the portfolios of Minister of Defence and Finance. As Minister of Defence he is also the Supreme Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces; an Honorary General in the British and Indonesian armed forces and an Honorary Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy. He appointed himself as Inspector General of Police (IGP) of the Royal Brunei Police Force. He addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Brunei Darussalam's admission to the United Nations in September 1984. In 1991, he introduced a conservative ideology to Brunei called Melayu Islam Beraja (Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB), which presents the monarchy as the defender of the faith." This would suggest he could change things, but won't.
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 04:13 PM
In 1991, The Sultan of Brunei introduced a conservative ideology to Brunei called Melayu Islam Beraja (Malay Islamic Monarchy, MIB), which presents the monarchy as the defender of the faith. to UAE. Both civil law in UAE and Sharia criminalize homosexual activity. Under Sharia[,] the death penalty is the punishment for individuals who engage in consensual homosexual activity. I have not read of any executions, but there are quite a few folks imprisoned for many years, and who have been caned for the crime of being gay. Think about that as you sip your next high prices martini. The Sultan who owns the hotel also MAKES the laws. He is not just a private citizen.
long time resident February 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
That hotel has been owned by the sultan for decades. Wh did this boycott come up know????
me February 17, 2013 at 05:51 PM
SO WE'D BETTER BOYCOTT EVERY GAS STATION TOO....I STAND BY MY EARLIER COMMENT.... There are still countries today that enforce the death penalty for homosexuality. The following are countries that find homosexuality punishable by death: Mauritania, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Somalia, parts of Nigeria and parts of Malaysia.
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I suppose it has come up now because the political climate has changed and now there is a reasonable possibility of change, a decade ago popular opinion did not support gay rights at all. It is illegal for his subjects to question his judgement, but perhaps in the court of international opinion and public relations, he might have to face his hypocrisy. If media shines a light on his hypocrisy, perhaps he or his successor will someday change the laws that are putting people in prison and caning them and threatening them with execution for the crime of being gay.
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 07:31 PM
The owner is the supreme ruler and makes the laws in a homophobic country. He instituted a conservative interpretation of Islam in 1991. He does have the power to change the laws. He is not just an ordinary citizen. By law he is infallible there.
Spanky McUnderpants February 17, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The web site gives no real information about who or why this is being brought up now, and guessing isn't helping. The whole "We're breaking up with you" slogan is cheesy and doesn't mean anything. Can anyone tell us the real reason for this protest, now? I'm guessing some pissy queen didn't like her weekend stay there...
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Well Spanky, maybe you are right and no one should ever say anything about folks getting sent to prison for being gay. No one has mentioned it for decades so why start now? Just let it all continue for perpetuity. Gay people don't need any lousy rights. If anyone does speak up it must be because they were just having a bad day. That clearly is the reason. It wasn't because a whole group of people are being persecuted by the same person you are giving your business to. You clearly don't care about anyone else as long as you are happy, Mr. McUnderpants.
me February 17, 2013 at 07:50 PM
i suppose a bigger hypocrisy would be for those who strongly SUPPORT the boycott on this page to not stand on the street corner when they have their next protest (or get involved otherwise), huh?.....sorry, talk is cheap.
Spanky McUnderpants February 17, 2013 at 07:58 PM
You are avoiding the questions I asked. Who is behind this and why is it being started now? The guy has owned the hotel for years...
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 09:03 PM
You are right. No one should be complaining about this at all. Let it all go on.
Spanky McUnderpants February 17, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Then answer the question, if you know the answer. Why are you so concerned about making snarky comments instead of getting information to people who are asking for it?
A different Paul February 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM
My goal was primarily to point out that the owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel is the law maker in the UAE and is not just an ordinary citizen, as the article does not point that out and there was some confusion in evidence on the subject in the comments. It is irrelevant to me who planned the protest- I am just saying that their cause has merit. You are obviously free to support the boycott or not as your conscience dictates.
Spanky McUnderpants February 17, 2013 at 11:33 PM
" It is irrelevant to me who planned the protest-" See, I like to get all of the facts first, before flying off of the handle. It frightens me that people don't do any investigating of their own. You should know who started this and why. But then, I guess most sheeple just don't care about who they are aligning themselves with.
A different Paul February 18, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Well we know some facts. In the UAE The Sultan makes the laws. The laws say being gay in punishable by death. He is infallible by decree. He has the power to change the laws. When you spend money at the Beverly Hilton you are supporting his business- as he is the owner. Those are the facts. If some folks try to bring this to light- and say do not support the business of a man like that- I think they have a point. You obviously don't care about the Sultan's behavior to gay people in far away places as is your right. I'm not flying off any handle. I am just putting facts out there that were not addressed in the article. Maybe you work for the Sultan? I don't know. If you are, I hope you are being paid well.
Spanky McUnderpants February 18, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I never said that I don't care about my fellow gays. And I certainly don't work for them. I'm just questioning the people behind this protest. It's funny how you keep missing my point.
A different Paul February 18, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Well, I 'm glad to know you care. If you want to know more about the organizers, I'm sure Pastor Imler would be happy to talk to you about their motives. The website is listed above. My only point was to clarify an omission in the article regarding the role of the Sultan in regard to the laws in the UAE. It is not a simple matter of protesting a private citizen. I've gone to the Polo Lounge so rarely that I doubt that they will miss my business. But, I hope that the media at least puts a little pressure on him if people talk about it enough in public venues. Your name makes me smile BTW - you clearly have a good sense of humor. Best of wishes for your Sunday eve-
A different Paul February 18, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Brunei not UAE.
John Smith February 18, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Hello LGBT people, don't fall for the anti-gay Christians who post here to yank your chain. Because that is what these demented souls do, try to stop LGBT people from winning gay marriage and their equal and Civil Rights and freedoms and say things to mess with gay people. don't fall for their tricks and mental games. The anti-gay Christians are the real sickos and or are possessed by the devil.
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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