Response to Brunei's changes to LGBTQ+ rights

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Greenwich Students’ Union (GSU) is saddened to hear that the government of Brunei has implemented a law making sexual activity between gay men and adultery punishable by stoning people to death. We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ student community of whom this law seeks to de-humanize and persecute. We firmly believe everyone has the right to love whoever they choose and express their sexual orientation as they see fit without fear of persecution.

Unfortunately, yesterdays revelation is a stark reminder that in 2019 we still have a long way to go to ensure equality for those who identify as LGBTQ+. Currently over 70+ countries worldwide actively criminalize same-sex relationships. Our student and staff population at the University of Greenwich is amazingly diverse and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination or violence against any individual or group.

How can you make a difference?
We would like all our students and staff to get behind the current boycotting of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The hotels include:

  • Hotel Bel- Air (Los Angeles, USA)
  • The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, USA)
  • The Dorchester (London, UK)
  • 45 Park Lane  (London, UK)
  • Coworth Park (Ascot, UK)
  • Le Meurice (Paris, France)
  • Hotel Plaza Athenee (Paris, France)
  • Hotel Eden (Rome, Italy)
  • Hotel Principe di Sovoia (Milan Italy)  

We appreciate that our LGBTQ+ students and staff community may feel vulnerable due to the recent revelations and we would like to remind everyone of the support services available to you:

The GSU Advice Team is free and independent from the University: greenwichsu.co.uk/advice

You can also reach out to our LGBTQ+ Society if you need any support: 

The University also offers different services for students and staff to reach out to gre.ac.uk/student-services/support

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