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Brunei gay man speaks out against anti-LGBT laws

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Brunei gay man speaks out against anti-LGBT laws

Brunei gay man speaks out against anti-LGBT laws

Brunei's new Islamic sharia laws may "encourage" people to dislike the LGBT community even more, a Brunei gay national told Reuters.

Edward Baran reports.

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Brunei gay man speaks out against anti-LGBT laws

Speaking out from a place where homosexual acts are punishable by the death penalty.

One gay Brunei national, talking to Reuters anonymously via the internet, says the country's new Islamic sharia laws may generate more dislike of gay people.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED GAY BRUNEI NATIONAL, SAYING: "I'm not sure what's worst -- act like we are non-existent to the world or act like we are not -- or hurt us even more or condemn us for being who we are because we are not something in their religion are acceptable (...) It's not easy for them (the government) to punish us for being, for doing sexual acts.

But it (the law) does give the idea that they (the supporters of the law) don't like (the LGBT community).

It does help encourage them (the people) that they might not like the LGBT even further.

Brunei is a conservative country." Brunei, a British protectorate with a population of 400,000, has defended its right to implement sharia that punishes sodomy, adultery, and rape with the death penalty -- including by stoning.

The death penalty has prompted a corporate backlash after celebrities such as George Clooney called for a boycott of hotels owned by Brunei.

On Saturday (April 6), protesters gathered outside the Dorchester hotel in London.

Some broke through a barrier to reach the entrance where they held rainbow flags and chanted slogans.




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