The battle for LGBT rights continues in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Will support from actor George Clooney make a difference?
George Clooney clout seen unlikely to change LGBT laws in Indonesia’s Aceh
[Actor George] Clooney has won plaudits as a leading LGBT+ rights campaigner after becoming a vocal opponent against Brunei when the Southeast Asia sultanate rolled out Islamic laws in April imposing death by stoning by gay sex, adultery and rape.
Following diplomatic and economic pressure – with Clooney leading a boycott of hotels owned by Brunei – the oil-rich state [last month] said the death penalty would not be imposed.
Appearing on a U.S. talk show, Clooney described the economic pressure as a “warning shot” to Indonesia and Malaysia should they [repeal] similar anti-gay laws.
Representatives of Clooney did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment about his possible role in Aceh.
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