Train has announced that they have pulled out of this year’s Boy Scouts National Jamboree concert due to the organization’s anti-gay policies.
“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,” said the band in a statement released on their website.
“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 band reached the decision to not participate in the jamboree after openly gay Boy Scouts of America (BSA) scout leader Derek Nance asked Train, as well as Carly Rae Jepsen, to pull out of their scheduled performances via petition.
“As talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end its dangerous anti-gay policy,” wrote Nance in the petition.
Both of the headlining acts have expressed support for the LGBT community in the past.
Jepsen has yet to comment on the matter and is still scheduled to headline at this summer’s event.
The BSA has faced mounting controversy concerning their anti-gay policies. They delayed a decision to reconsider earlier this year, citing the complicated nature of the issue.
After hearing about Trains statement, Nance wrote on his personal Twitter account,
“Thank you @train for responding to our petition and asking the @boyscouts to end their discrimination against Scouts like me.”
Nance’s petition has garnered over 11,000 signatures, and he continues to campaign for Jepsen to also back out of the jamboree.