Carly Rae Jepsen and Train cancel on Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America had a stellar musical line-up for their annual jamboree this summer.
But now the Grammy Award-winning band Train, the closing act, and opening act Carly Rae Jepsen of Call Me Maybe fame has canceled due to the scout anti-gay policies.
On Twitter this week, Jepsen said: ‘As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever-changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.’
Train had already pulled out last Friday stating: ‘When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization. Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen,’ they added. ‘We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.’
Both musical acts were under pressure from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and through a Change.org petition began by former Eagle Scout Derek Nance who is gay.
Last month, the national board of the Boys Scouts of America delayed a decision of whether or not to end its controversial ban on gay members and leaders.
The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will revisit the issue at its annual meeting in May.