Carly Rae Jepson and Train withdraw from Boy Scout Jamboree citing anti-gay policy

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 15:33 EDT
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“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepson announced Tuesday that they will not be playing at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree this summer because of the Scouts’ ban on LGBT members and staff. According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD)’s website, Jepson and the band Train have both pulled out of their scheduled performances at the Jamboree, which takes place every four years, and is scheduled to take place in 2013 at The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia.

Following a pair of Change.org petitions launched by GLAAD and gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance asking the two acts not to appear at the Jamboree, Train announced on Friday that it would only perform if the Scouts changed their anti-gay policy.

On Tuesday, Jepson followed suit, and released a statement via Twitter that 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.”

The members of Train said in a statement, “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. 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.”

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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