Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to the Sultan of Brunei’s Enforcement of Barbaric Anti-LGBT Laws - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to the Sultan of Brunei’s Enforcement of Barbaric Anti-LGBT Laws

April 2, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz

In advance of Brunei’s new Sharia laws, which go into effect on Wednesday, April 3, that punishes adultery and gay sex with death, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Deputy Director of Policy & Community Building Terra Russell Slavin, Esq., issued the following statement:

“Today is a sad day for our global LGBT community. After nearly five years, the Sultan of Brunei has unfortunately chosen to move forward with the implementation of barbaric laws, which include mandating death by stoning for those engaged in consensual gay sex and for adulterers as well as punishing thieves—even children—by amputation. As the Los Angeles LGBT Center said five years ago—and as we continue to say today—until the Sultan reverses course and repeals all of these vile laws, including those attacking the LGBT community, or until the Dorchester Collection, which includes the Los Angeles-based Hotel Bel Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel, is sold to owners who respect human rights, we will urge everyone to take their business elsewhere. The Center will continue to fight back against these and other laws that seek to criminalize and punish LGBT people across the globe.

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