Brunei enacts new anti-LGBTQ law: death by stoning

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Brunei enacts new anti-LGBTQ law: death by stoning

Priscila Chavez, Reporter

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     It’s 2019 and people from the LGBTQ community still haven’t been fully accepted. As a matter of fact, there’s a chance that Sophia the robot could be valued more than actual human beings. Since the beginning of time being a part of the LGBTQ community has always been seen as being “wrong” or “bad.” Because of this, some extremities can even go as far as punishing someone just for being themselves.

     But unfortunately, punishment by death is happening right now in Brunei, a country in Asia. Close of Indonesia and Malaysia. As of the beginning of April 3, anyone found guilty of the offenses of gay sex or adultery will be stoned to death. No not the kind where you get high, but where a group of people throw rocks at a subject until he or she dies from blunt trauma. According to a penal code, the punishment will be witnessed by a “group of Muslims.” This strict law was announced in 2014 by the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah who acts as the strict country’s prime minister. A statement was also made that this arrangement will “maintain peace and order and preserve religion, life, family, and individuals regardless of their gender, nationality, race, and faith.”

     “It really is inhumane for a country to kill people just because of their sexuality and not only is it cruel it is brutal,” said Mariana Cardoso (‘19).

     Once the provisions were announced people were appalled at the decision of the country and it’s new law.  Comedian and television host, Ellen Degeneres took to her Instagram and Twitter account to let people to be aware of the situation and also a list of hotels to boycott because they are owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Two of the hotels owned by the Sultan were located here in the United States while others included from the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. The two hotels in the United States were both located in California, which included the Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.

     “I think this is why a lot of people are scared to come out because of the fear of rejection from family members and friends. I can’t imagine having to actually die just because of it. It is wrong and doesn’t allow diversity and shames on people for being different,” said Dalila Medina (‘19).

     Degeneres told the media in her tweet to “raise your voices now. Spread the word. Rise up,” as herself is a part of the LGBTQ community and has a wife named, Portia de Rossi who is an American-Australian model and has since been married to Degeneres since 2008. Othe stars like George Clooney also called for the boycott same as Degeneres. On March 28 he wrote “Are we really going to help pay for these human rights violations? Are we really going to help fund the murder of innocent citizens?” Many others also followed Clooney’s and DeGeneres’ point of views by agreeing with them and taking their sides.


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