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Carly Rae Jepsen cancels appearance at Scouts’ Jamboree over anti-gay policy

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Carly Rae Jepsen has announced via Twitter that she will not headline the Boy Scouts of America’s Jamboree because of the Scouts’ ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.

Carly Rae Jepsen

The announcement comes in response to a Change.org petition launched by openly gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance of Reno, Nev., who called on Jespen and the rock band Train, who were both scheduled to appear at the July event, to denounce the Scouts’ anti-gay policy.

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” wrote Jepsen, over three tweets on Twitter.

“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.”

On Friday, just hours after GLAAD signed on to support Nance’s petition, Train announced it would not appear at the annual scouting event unless the group rescinded its ban on gay participants.

The petition has garnered more than 63,000 signatures.

“A Scout is brave, and I’m thrilled that Carly Rae and Train have joined me in standing up for what is right,” said Nance, in a statement on his Change.org petition. “I hope the Boy Scouts of America also choose to be brave this May.”

Jepsen has previously stated that she supports LGBT rights and marriage equality.

In a 2012 interview with TIME magazine, Jepsen said, “You know, acceptance has never been a question to me. I’ve grown up knowing it’s just the way things should be. When we shot the ‘Call Me Maybe’ video, we weren’t even thinking the ending was not normal. […] And if my video is encouraging that mind frame with other children and other people – well, it’s about time, I guess!”

Jepsen’s music video for her 2012 breakout hit “Call Me Maybe” received national media attention for having a gay twist ending when the man she spent the song chasing ultimately gives his number to a male member of her band.

The annual Scouting Jamboree attracts more than 50,000 participants.

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29 more reader comments:

  1. All the Power to Carly Rae!!! You show them girl!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:11am
  2. You go, girl!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:13am
  3. thats awesome her an train both cansild on theyr ass!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:13am
  4. YAY FOR HER!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:15am
  5. Dear Boy Scouts, don’t call me, I’ll call you…maybe.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:15am
  6. She’s amazing…..

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:15am
  7. Good for her…this is the type of societal pressure that brings about change on that level, and leads to legislation making all Americans equal.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:15am
  8. Scout yeahhh! :D <3

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:16am
  9. Thank you Carly!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:16am
  10. You go Girl!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:22am
  11. YAY another step forward for EQUALITY and another strike against the BSA anti-gay policy!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:23am
  12. Why would she in the first place? The anti-gay BSA picks a female bubblegum pop singer for their jamboree?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:27am
  13. thank you :) mwuaah.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:28am
  14. man straight people need to get theri head out of their asses and support gay marrige and bsa group thats messed up i delclare a war lol GAY PRIDE ROCKS

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:29am
  15. I don’t like this. Yes it’s great and whatnot but this jamboree was for the kids and not the administrators. It kinda feels like the kids are the ones getting punished

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:30am
  16. But ociel what about the gay kids that are punished due to the bsa’s anti-gay stance?

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:35am
  17. Ociel by performing at the Jamboree it sends the message that she endorsed the BSA’s homophobic and anti-atheist policy! The BSA are always using their members as shields against their policy.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:40am
  18. you go girl!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:43am
  19. If these groups perform for the BSA it sends the wrong message. Our message from lgbt membership inside the bsa is this rule must be removed, it is what is best for the BSA.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:43am
  20. Great steps towards equality!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:46am
  21. That is awesome!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:46am
  22. WOOHOO! :D Petition worked!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:54am
  23. How refreshing to see an artist take a stand against bigotry. Enough is enough…way to go!!! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:56am
  24. So glad I signed the petition!!!! whew hew

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:01am
  25. WAY TO GO GIRL!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:09am
  26. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:21am
  27. Way to go Carly!

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:35am
  28. I love her…maybe! No, definitely

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:27am
  29. Good. maybe the scouts can focus on their top priority instead of listening to rock music at a Jamboree.. like protecting the child molesters…

    Posted on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:35am