L.A. Pride is promoting this year's event with a couple of billboards featuring 'The New American Family' played by a set of models representing various members of the LGBT commmunity as one family unit, from a gay dad to a trans* mom, to a drag grandma. Interestingly, their website is billing it as 'TLGB' Pride this year.
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A group of about 15 people gathered outside the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, who recently announced he would be instituting a death-by-stoning penalty for gay people in his small southeast Asian country.
"Hollywood spends a lot of money at the Beverly Hills Hotel and I don't want it to end up in the hands of that person," explained actress Beth Grant (The Mindy Project). "We just want in a loving and compassionate way to put an end to it," she said, meaning homophobia in Brunei supported by big spenders at Beverly Hills Hotel. The protesters held up a banner touting the website dumpbhh.org, which contains a petition and a headline noting, "If the hotel was in Brunei, gays couldn't stay, because it's illegal to be gay in Brunei."
Cameron Silver, owner of a Hollywood vintage couture store, organized the event along with Jennifer Howell, who works for fashion-supported charity Art of Elysium. "We're here in a peaceful way to energize taking more responsibility," said actress/musician Rain Phoenix, 41, who directs Art of Elysium's music program Elysium Sessions. "Once people know where our money goes, that the things people buy affect people far away, courageous love can not only quell but transform the hate. If we greet hate with hate, we only create more hate." Phoenix said the protest was reminiscent of her first public appearances as a three-year-old singing as a religious evangelist with her brother River Phoenix on streetcorners in Venezuela. "Through the internet, we can tranform how people feel."
In a similar protest earlier this month, a private high-dollar LGBT donor conference was moved away from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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:
The 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.”
Hollywoodland is the first installment of a new web series by Joseph Baken about the people who live in Hollywood. Something tells me this particular grouping and the 'Day Drunk Gays' operate in the same circles.
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
Starring Baken, Michael Airington, Justin Kelly, and Willam Belli (yes, that Willam).
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued an advisory Wednesday urging that men who have sex with men, particularly those with HIV, be vaccinated against invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). IMD is a rare bacterial infection of the blood, spinal cord, and/or brain lining that can be fatal. The department has identified 24 cases in the past 17 months, 7 of those among gay and bisexual men. Eight cases reported this year alone included four gay and bisexual men, three of whom had HIV infection. Three of the four have died. The county and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center are offering free vaccination.