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Train backs out of Scout event, petition calls on Carly Rae Jepsen to do the same

Monday, March 4, 2013

The rock band Train has announced it is cancelling its planned appearance at this year’s Boy Scouts National Jamboree in protest of the organization’s ban on gay scouts and gay and lesbian scout leaders.

The group said it was not aware of the Scouts’ anti-gay policy when it agreed to headline the annual scouting event, which attracts more than 50,000 participants.

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

On Friday, just hours after GLAAD signed on to support Nance’s petition, Train issued this 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.

The petition, which now has more than 29,000 online signatures, calls on Jepsen to follow suit.

“After 3,000 people signed my petition, Train announced that they strongly opposed the BSA’s anti-gay policy, and that they would only perform at the Jamboree if the Boy Scouts end their ban on gay youth and parents this May,” announced Nance. “Unfortunately, Carly Rae Jepsen still hasn’t responded.”

Carly Rae Jepsen

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.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. dude, half the guys in the scouts are gay – i should know from first hand experience

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:00pm
  2. Train has gained my respect.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:02pm
  3. great band quality music, if only all bands followed suit!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:02pm
  4. maybe they can recruit Ted Nugent. :-)

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:10pm
  5. why would the BSA book the call me maybe girl and promote heterosexuality? that’s the worst idea ever hahaha….as a boy scout I find much of this antagonism a bit annoying, the boy scouts of america are one of the only org’s in the USA that get people into nature and I’m proud to be an eagle scout

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:12pm
  6. Thank you Train. Come on Carly, cancel it, maybe?

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:17pm
  7. Yay Train! Let the phobe scouts get that over-the-hill mess from Amboy Dukes. Am sure they’d just LOVE his morals…

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:18pm
  8. Thank You Train have a cousin that’s a Lesbian:) no wonder I like you. & I never buy girl scout cookies I don’t support the girl scouts or support the boy scouts either!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:20pm
  9. Never been a fan of Train but I certainly respect them now

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:24pm
  10. Right on!!!! You guys rock!!!! :-)

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:26pm
  11. Jamesun, don’t take it personally. No one is disrespecting the many good things the scouts do, but when your leaders discriminate against others, it takes away from all of the good things the scouts do.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:29pm
  12. YAY!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:33pm
  13. I was a former boy scout and Eagle scout and while I love the responsibility the organization instills in youth I am ashamed of the org for being bigots now! u shuld be ashamed of yourselves!!! this is not what I had joined boy scoutz for!!! shame on u and kuddos to Train! !!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 3:42pm
  14. Maybe Knitt Witt Mitt Romney can do the concert…LOL

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:07pm
  15. we call this, a bitch slam :D

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4:54pm
  16. Wow!Seriously!They suck!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:43pm
  17. Have always loved Train, but love them even more now for taking a strong stance. Hope Carly follows suit. Their discriminatory practice has gone on for way too long and they continue to put off the decision. Scheduled to share this 12noon tomorrow.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:42pm
  18. I love train, and I hope Carly follows suit.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 8:34pm
  19. Rock on… Train!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 11:46pm