Taking a stand

Protestors crash high tea at hotel owned by Brunei leader who wants to stone gays to death

Jordan Tannahill, along with three other activists, crashed high tea at London’s Dorchester Hotel yesterday by informing patrons of the posh establishment that they were padding the pockets of a man who is currently committing human rights violations against LGBTQ people.

After being seated at a table for tea, Tannahill whipped out a bullhorn and announced that the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, had recently implemented a law punishing gay sex with death by stoning.

Related: Sultan of Brunei’s hotels delete social media accounts following anti-gay stoning law

“In case you haven’t heard, there’s a boycott of the Dorchester Hotel,” Tannahill shouted into the bullhorn. “On April 3rd, the Sultan of Brunei, announced a ‘stoning by death’ with any punishment of homosexuality and adultery.”

“We do not condone the brutality of our LGBT sisters and brothers in Brunei. The Brunei Investment Agency owns and operates the Dorchester Hotel. Please support the boycott of the Dorchester Hotel.”

Afternoon tea protest action at The Dorchester Hotel, in response to Brunei’s newly ratified laws condemning homosexuals to death by stoning. The Dorchester is owned and operated by the Brunei Investment Agency. #boycottthedorchester

Posted by Jordan Tannahill on Thursday, April 4, 2019

Activist Adam Eli posted video of Tannahill being dragged from the hotel by security whilst shouting “Boycott the Dorchester Hotel!” to Instagram yesterday, along with the caption: “You stone one of us you face us all!”

This is just the latest development in a growing outcry against Brunei’s brutal, homophobic law.

Celebrities like George Clooney, Elton John, Jaime Lee Curtis, Rufus WainrightEllen DeGeneres and Dua Lipa have all called for boycotts of the Sultan’s properties.

Los Angeles city leaders and anti-LGBTQ Republican Senator Ted Cruz support the boycott, even though it’ll undoubtedly affect American workers (including hairdressers, laments Queer Eyes‘ Jonathan Van Ness).

In light of the law, two Democratic Congresspeople have introduced legislation that would reinstate a federal position to help promote LGBTQ rights abroad.

Related: Sultan of Brunei’s hotels delete social media accounts following anti-gay stoning law