Perez Hilton has outed the Sultan of Brunei’s son – fourth in line to the throne – as a gay man after his father enacted Shariah law in the country. The punishment for homosexuality and adultery is death from stoning.
“Y’all know I don’t out people anymore,” Perez said in the video. “I used to do that back in the day but I’m making an exception here. I’m guessing the Sultan of Brunei doesn’t know that his son, Prince Azim, is a big old homo. I would know because I have spent time with Prince Azim.”
Can't say if Hilton is correct--don't really care, as it's not my business--but outing someone in this situation is placing them in serious harm's way, I think.
Outing is simply wrong IMO, especially if it puts someone in harm's way.
The only way I can maybe see outing someone as arguably justifiable is if they themselves (not their parents, siblings, etc.) are powerful people who are actively and publicly advocating horrifying policies against gay people, and in a position to enforce such policies or make them happen. The fact that someone has the terrible misfortune to be gay and be related to such a person -- no, that does not justify it.
Assuming this is true, the Sultan's son was in a terrible position before (forced to be closeted, forced to watch his father enact horrifying policies against people like him), and in an even worse position now.
And I think it would be a mistake to assume that the Sultan, learning his son is gay, would say "oh, never mind, I was wrong about that policy."