November 18, 2019 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

The Owner of Two Luxury L.A. Hotels is the Sultan of a Country that Now Stones Homosexuals to Death

Brunei implemented Sharia Law this week, making sodomy and adultery punishable by death.

Strict homophobic Islamic laws went into effect in the country of Brunei on Wednesday, making anal sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death.

The new laws also cover a range of other crimes, including punishment for theft by amputation, leaving Brunei’s LGBTQ+ community and others in shock. 

“You wake up and realize that your neighbors, your family or even that nice old lady that sells prawn fritters by the side of the road doesn’t think you’re human, or is okay with stoning,” said a gay Bruneian man, who did not want to be identified, according to the BBC.

Photo: Facebook. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah wants stronger Islamic teachings for the small South-East Asian nation. 

“I want to see Islamic teachings in this country grow stronger,” Bolkiah said in a public address.

Bolkiah heads the Brunei Investment Agency, which owns the Dorchester Collection – an operator of some of the world’s top hotels including the Hotel Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Celebrities, such as George Clooney and Ellen DeGeneres, are calling for a boycott of the luxury hotels. 

“These abusive provisions received widespread condemnation when plans were first discussed five years ago,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, a Brunei researcher at Amnesty International, said.

“Brunei’s penal code is a deeply flawed piece of legislation containing a range of provisions that violate human rights.”

Homosexuality was already illegal in Brunei and punishable by up to 10 years in prison.The country first introduced Sharia law in 2014, despite widespread condemnation, giving it a dual legal system with both Sharia and Common Law. Bolkiah had said then that the new penal code would be implemented on a rolling basis over several years.

The first phase, which covered crimes punishable by prison sentences and fines, was implemented in 2014. 

Muslims make up about two-thirds of the country’s population of 420,000. Brunei has retained the death penalty but has not carried out an execution since 1957. The new law mostly applies to Muslims, including children who have reached puberty, though some aspects will apply to non-Muslims.

Related Posts

City of WeHo Survey Seeks Public Feedback to End HIV Stigma

November 16, 2019

November 16, 2019

The City of West Hollywood needs the public’s health recording data on HIV stigmatization.  “Stigma and discrimination are potentially the...

“Dems, Drinks and Drag Queens” Bring Rainbow Wave to Long Beach

November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019

Senator Kamala Harris and Mayor Robert Garcia will help kick off the California Democratic Party’s fall nominating convention at Hamburger...

GAY LA: When Catherine Opie Ruled LA

November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

By Henry Giardina In the first season of the original “L Word,” art plays a bizarrely large role. For a...

JQ International’s Trans Brunch to Honor Trans Day of Awareness, Build Community

November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019

In part of recognition of Transgender Awareness Month, the City of West Hollywood is co-sponsoring the JQ International Trans Equality...

Documentary Honors Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ Vets for Veterans Day

November 11, 2019

November 11, 2019

In honor of Veterans Day, some LGBT Senior Veterans at the Los Angeles LGBT Center shared their stories and experiences...

Fighting Ignorance, Poverty with Job Fair for Trans, Intersex Folks

November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

“Thriving in Los Angeles as a person of trans, non-binary, or intersex experience is challenging,” Eden Anaï Luna, Manager of...

LA Pride’s Bid to Host 2025 World Pride

November 5, 2019

November 5, 2019

Today, Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit that produces LA Pride, announced an official bid to host WorldPride in Los...

Trump Administration Attacks LGBTQ People Yet Again with HHS Proposed Rule

November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019

To kick off Trans Awareness Month, the Trump Administration has outdone itself in trampling over LGBTQ+ folks’ rights. Today, the...

GAY LA: Judy Never Really Left Los Angeles

November 2, 2019

November 2, 2019

How the queer Icon has shaped L.A. There’s no doubt about it: 2019 is the year of Judy Garland. In...

DEAR AIDAN: My Ex-Boyfriend’s Current Boyfriend Hates Me!

November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Dear Aidan: I am friends with my ex boyfriend, like pretty close to him. Unfortunately it seems that his new...

EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Halloween in WeHo

October 31, 2019

October 31, 2019

Each year, the City of West Hollywood hosts its incomparable Halloween Carnaval, one of the most unique Halloween gatherings in...

HUMAN SPOTLIGHT: NiK Kacy Breaks the Binary

October 29, 2019

October 29, 2019

How I’m breaking the binary and building my own LGBTQ-owned business  Column By NiK Kacy  Living with intersectional and multi-cultural...

THEATRE PREVIEW: “Orry” Dishes Out Hollywood Gossip in Limited Run

October 26, 2019

October 26, 2019

In Gentleman George’s latest production, “Orry,” you’re invited to the funeral of three-time Oscar winner and Hollywood legend, costume designer...

COLUMN: 5 Things We’re Excited About For Dark Harbor’s LGBTQ+ Night at Queen Mary

October 24, 2019

October 24, 2019

With Halloween only a week away, folks are scrambling to squeeze in as much spooky fun as possible. The Queen...

LB LOCAL: Coming Out Community Picnic Oct. 26

October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019

The LGBTQ+ Community and Allies are hosting the Third Annual LGBTQ+ Coming Out Community Picnic this Saturday, October 26. The...