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LGBT Donor Conference Moved from Beverly Hills Hotel Over Brunei's Plan to Stone Gays to Death

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A secret, high-dollar LGBT donor conference planned at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles has been moved following news that its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, would be instituting a death-by-stoning penalty for gay people in his small Southeast Asian country.

The Washington Blade reports:

Sultan of bruneiThe OutGiving conference, known this year as “Winning the Heartland,” was set as of Thursday to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel from May 1-4, according to the registration website for the conference.

The hotel is owned by Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah [pictured], who announced this month plans for his country to start punishing same-sex relations with death by stoning in addition to subjecting perpetuators of rape, adultery and extramarital sexual relations to the same punishment. That policy would be consistent with Islamic Sharia law in the predominately Muslim country.

After the Washington Blade raised the connection on Thursday with the Gill Action Fund, which organizes OutGiving, the organization said it had notified the hotel earlier in the day the conference would no longer take place at that location.

The paper adds:

The United Nations has already criticized the new policy in Brunei. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said, “Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offences contravenes international law.”

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  1. He can see himself in that outfit, right?!

    Well, praise whatever god this clown believes in that he was born straight, I guess.

    He might as well sell the place b/c no celebrity but Lindsay Lohan would be high enough set foot in there again. Imagine the long day for that PR person... yes, my client has aligned himself with a man who wants to stone gays to death.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 21, 2014 1:39:49 PM


  2. He can see himself in that outfit, right?!

    Well, praise whatever god this clown believes in that he was born straight, I guess.

    He might as well sell the place b/c no celebrity but Lindsay Lohan would be high enough set foot in there again. Imagine the long day for that PR person... yes, my client has aligned himself with a man who wants to stone gays to death.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Apr 21, 2014 1:40:13 PM


  3. We need to shame anyone who stays at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - pickets would be very helpful - members of Act Up would be very helpful - more and wider publicity would be beneficial.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 21, 2014 1:46:52 PM


  4. I would go to the Polo Lounge at the Bev Hills Hotel for drinks. No more!

    (And the owner looks like the bellhop in The Grand Budapest Hotel movie.)

    Posted by: Lou | Apr 21, 2014 2:16:36 PM


  5. I would go to the Polo Lounge at the Bev Hills Hotel for drinks. No more!

    (And the owner looks like the bellhop in The Grand Budapest Hotel movie.)

    Posted by: Lou | Apr 21, 2014 2:16:58 PM


  6. He also owns the Hotel Bel-Air in LA. This man has so much money that any boycott will only be a blip on his radar. If he only knew how much sinning was going on in his hotels (he probably does), most his clientele would be stoned to death.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:18:52 PM


  7. He also owns the Hotel Bel-Air in LA. This man has so much money that any boycott will only be a blip on his radar. If he only knew how much sinning was going on in his hotels (he probably does), most his clientele would be stoned to death.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:18:58 PM


  8. He also owns the Hotel Bel-Air in LA. This man has so much money that any boycott will only be a blip on his radar. If he only knew how much sinning was going on in his hotels (he probably does), most his clientele would be stoned to death.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:19:13 PM


  9. He also owns the Hotel Bel-Air in LA. This man has so much money that any boycott will only be a blip on his radar. If he only knew how much sinning was going on in his hotels (he probably does), most his clientele would be stoned to death.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:20:22 PM


  10. He also owns the Hotel Bel-Air in LA. This man has so much money a boycott would only be blip on his radar. I'm sure he is aware of how much "sinning" is going on in his hotels, most his clientele should be stoned to death.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:23:42 PM


  11. This is sad, because the Beverly Hills hotel has a lot of gay employees. It's as gay-friendly as a hotel can get. The hotel holds gay wedding celebrations and advertises such on its facebook page.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 2:31:30 PM


  12. This is sad, because the Beverly Hills hotel has a lot of gay employees. It's as gay-friendly as a hotel can get. The hotel holds gay wedding celebrations and advertises such on its facebook page.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 2:33:27 PM


  13. This is sad, because the Beverly Hills hotel has a lot of gay employees. It's as gay-friendly as a hotel can get. The hotel holds gay wedding celebrations and advertises such on its facebook page.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 2:33:33 PM


  14. This is sad, because the Beverly Hills hotel has a lot of gay employees. It's as gay-friendly as a hotel can get. The hotel holds gay wedding celebrations and advertises such on its facebook page.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 2:33:45 PM


  15. Sorry for all those repeats - I kept getting error messages, didn't think anything was getting posted. oops.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 21, 2014 2:35:21 PM


  16. He looks like a bellhop at the hotel!

    Posted by: janice | Apr 21, 2014 2:47:27 PM


  17. He looks like a bellhop at the hotel!

    Posted by: janice | Apr 21, 2014 2:47:30 PM


  18. He looks like a bellhop at the hotel!

    Posted by: janice | Apr 21, 2014 2:47:35 PM


  19. This is the effect of a Global Economy, With so many global industry and companies you are going to have owners who have anti-gay viewpoints because of the nature of their religion and country.

    Of course I think most people would say that Beverly Hills Hotel is a stellar property and I have been to many gay events (fundraisers) and weddings at the hotel and know they have a zero policy of intolerance in their hiring and their guests.

    Please I think that every single celebrity has stayed there.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 21, 2014 2:55:03 PM


  20. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:35:37 PM


  21. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:35:51 PM


  22. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:36:08 PM


  23. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:36:27 PM


  24. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:36:45 PM


  25. Statement issued by The Beverly Hills Hotel:

    "We do not tolerate any form of discrimination of any kind. We are also against any law in any other country around the world that punishes people for their religious beliefs, ethnicity, race or sexual orientation. The laws and policies that govern how we run our hotel have nothing to do with the laws that exist in any other country outside of the United States. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination and strongly value people and cultural diversity amongst our guests and employees."

    Posted by: Jonathan | Apr 21, 2014 3:37:21 PM


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