Carly Rae Jepsen is standing with the gay community — and against the Boy Scouts.
The “Call Me Maybe” singer has backed out of performing at a major summer Boy Scouts event because of the organization’s controversial policy of banning gay members and leaders, she announced Tuesday.
“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen tweeted. “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.”
In response to Jepsen dropping out, Deron Smith, director public relations for the Boy Scouts of America, told us: “We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts.”
Meanwhile, the band Train — which is also slated to perform at the West Virginia shindig in July — said it will take the stage only if the organization makes “the right decision” to change its policy before the show. In May, the Boy Scouts are expected to vote on changing the 100-plus-year policy, after a vote postponement earlier this year.
“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,” the band wrote on its website. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen.”
Less than a week ago, Eagle Scout Derek Vance started a petition on Change.org asking Jepsen and Train to pull out of the Jamboree and denounce the Boy Scouts’ policy. As of press time, more than 66,000 people had signed the petition.