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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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  1. Jeff King posted on 02/15/2013 11:49 AM
    I saw maybe two people that possibly would have stayed at The Beverly Hills Hotel in that horrible spot about Brew-Nay. If you can't pronounce it then they probably aren't worried. It's horrible that any country would hate equality, but countries like Egypt are given arms and cash from Obama and these same people worship him. The Muslim Brotherhood hates gays kids and yet you don't care about that. Interesting.
  2. V posted on 02/15/2013 12:11 PM
    Why should people boycott the hotel when the law is implemented by Brunei? It's not the hotel's fault, isn't it? The country itself came up with the punishment.
    1. robyn posted on 02/18/2013 10:44 AM
      @V Guess reading comprehension isn't your strong point let me help you out: "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", its quiet simple the ruler (monarch) of a country that imprisons gay people owns the hotel and therefore everytime you patronize the hotel you are supporting state sponsored homophobia abroad.
  3. WhoCares posted on 02/15/2013 02:23 PM
    If Perez Hilton supports this boycott then I will support the Beverly Hills Hotel. He named himself after a person who slammed gays but still kisses her ass. If he's that upset about the mistreatment of gays, he would drop Hilton from his name but you won't see him doing that. He's the poster girl for hypocrisy.
    1. sarah posted on 02/16/2013 08:52 AM
      @WhoCares damn that's a solid point. and i like perez, that's actually how i lead to this site from his page.....but still you win your argument
  4. mars posted on 02/15/2013 02:41 PM
    Not everybody supports gays... deal with it.
  5. A Great American! posted on 02/15/2013 03:27 PM
    Don't you have better things to do like increase AIDS/HIV education since Grindr, Scruff, Manhunt, Gay,com, Jack'd, Recon, Adam, Craigslist is FULL of Ignorant Young People and some willingly suicidal older gays who are having BareBack Sex and spreading STD's and HIV at an alarming rate? 25 years later and we are still talking about AIDS/HIV? How about focus your energy on Education/Prevention Measures, instead of trying to destroy the jobs of Hard Working Americans who happen to work at the Beverly Hills Hotel! I also agree with Jeff. Why not Boycott the White House for Giving Billions of OUR Tax Dollars to a Regime in Egypt and other Gay Hating Countries who Kill Homosexuals?
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