4 April 2019

pride flagOver the past few years, there have been more and more stories about changes in the world. Whispers then shouts of Far-Right movements mobilising, of antisemitic comments in British Parliament, of Trump and Brexit giving voice to racism and fascism.

And now, the Sultan of Brunei has passed a law to make same-sex relationships a crime punishable by stoning to death.

Stoning to death.

I am beyond words. The miniscule Southeast Asian island, whilst small, it owns hotels across the world including three in the UK.

Unsurprisingly, celebrities and swathes of people on social media are calling for people to boycott these hotels:

  • Dorchester, London
  • Hotel Bel Air
  • Beverly Hills Hotel
  • 45 Park Lane, London
  • Coworth Park, London
  • Le Meurice, Paris
  • Plaza Athenee, Paris
  • Eden, Rome
  • Principe di Savoia, Milan.

There are calls for Brunei to be suspended from the Commonwealth. There has been an international outcry. Along with the anti-LGBTQ+ law, the changes also see the punishment for theft become amputation.

I am honestly lost for words. It’s a massive backwards step for acceptance, for progress and for the human race.

I never have and never will step foot in any of these hotels, but will that have an impact? The good news is that it’s not just me. There are so many people who use these hotels who are absolutely horrified by this news. How many of the teams at these hotels are LGBTQ+?

It’s great that people are speaking up and making their feelings heard on social media. However, our government needs to take a stand too. Should these hotels be able to make money in our country when they advocate behaviour that is so fundamentally against basic human rights? I don’t think so.

Tweet your opinion, make your voice heard. It’s an absolute outrage.

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