Go Carly Rae Jepsen! The Canadian singer has just announced today that she has cancelled her performance at a Boy Scouts of America concert because of their ban on gays and she has shared her thoughts about the matter via Twitter.
“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” tweeted Jepsen on Tuesday. She added, “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.”
This comes after a person named Derek Nance started an online petition on Change.org to urge Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to stand up for gay rights and the Boy Scouts anti-gay policy. After thousands of signatures, Train was the first to pull out in opposition of the Boy Scouts stance, and now Carly Rae Jepsen has done the same.
Train’s full statement was as follows:
“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. – Train”