All it takes is one person to make a difference. Derek Nance certainly proved that old adage to be true. The former Boy Scout camp leader started an online petition at Change.org urging Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy. The two pop acts were booked as headliners at the organization’s upcoming National Jamboree concert.
After receiving over 3,000 signatures, 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. The “Drops of Jupiter” band’s stance shouldn’t come as a surprise given that they’re from San Francisco. After all, it’s a huge gay mecca ;) With over 10,000 signatures to date, Carly Rae still hasn’t responded. Perhaps, someone should give her a call… maybe?
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
Props to Train for their support. Speaking of which, be sure to support the group when they head out on their Mermaids of Alcatraz tour. They’re heading out on the road with Gavin DeGraw and The Script for certain dates. Find out if they’re heading to a city near you.
Do you think Carly Rae should follow suit? Do you think the Boy Scouts of America will change their policy soon? What’s your favorite Train song? Sound off below.