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Is it Time to Break Up with the Beverly Hills Hotel?

 
 
   

Goodbye, adieu, we’re not in love with you.
Dear Beverly Hills Hotel:
It’s over. And we are never, ever getting back together. Like, ever.
That is, until your owners change their homophobic ways.

So begins a letter that was released this week by a group of LGBT activists who have a big beef with one of Beverly Hills’ best addresses.

The Beverly Hills Hotel and its celebrated Polo Lounge are both on their way to becoming pariahs among the LGBT community thanks to a new boycott of the hotel pledged by gay rights activists. The source of the latest action is centered around the nation of Brunei’s anti-gay policies and the fact that the Sultan of Brunei and, in effect, the nation of Brunei are owners of what is perhaps Beverly Hills’ most iconic property.

On Feb. 13, gay rights activists pledged a boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel, citing laws in Brunei where male homosexuality is a crime punishable with imprisonment (up to 10 years imprisonment or a fine of 30,000 Brunei dollars).

A video made by the "Dump the Beverly Hills Hotel" group calls on supporters to “break up” with the hotel and not to stay there again until Brunei changes its laws. It asks viewers who “wouldn’t eat at Chick-fil-A” why they would “dine at the Beverly Hills hotel." To that end, the group has set up a website at dumpbhh.org and has widely disseminated a press release about the boycott.

Watch the video here:

 

The video also appears on a website maintained by UNITE HERE, a labor union that has fought for equal treatment of LGBT people. It includes an appearance by Derek Lloyd Saathof, a cast-member of the Logo Network show The A-List: New York.

At press time, the Beverly Hills Hotel had not issued any statement regarding the boycott.

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