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LGBTQ Asian-American Org.: Brunei Stoning Law 'Vicious,' 'Abhorrent'

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Glenn D. Magpantay

The National Queer Asian Pacific Alliance wants to know why the Sultan of Brunei passed the most dehumanizing antigay law in decades.

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Alliance issued a forceful statement on Sunday aimed at the Sultan of Brunei, who passed a law last week allowing LGBTQ people and adulterers to be stoned to death.

The statement came from Glenn D. Magpantay (pictured, left), executive director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Alliance:

"We are deeply hurt and saddened by the harsh new punishments under Brunei's Penal code making both same-sex love and adultery punishable by stoning. This is an abhorrent and digressive attack on our human rights, one that stands out as especially vicious and dehumanizing even within the range of archaic anti-LGBT laws that already exist across Asia and globally. To the Sultan of Brunei we ask: Why now? Why in this egregious way? Who are you aiming to align with? Who are you aiming to please?

Ultimately these policies of hate and inhumanity go against our intrinsic values of dignity regardless of gender expression or sexual orientation, and it is our duty to fight for them. To our LGBTQIA+ family in Brunei, to the womxn on the ground, and to all the folks in fear: we hear you, we see you, and we recognize your humanity. Our hearts and our fight are alongside yours. This is not just and LGBT issue, this is a human rights issue."

Even though President Trump's administration announced that he was working to globally decriminalize homosexuality, he has not said a word publicly about Brunei's stoning law.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.