Carly Rae Jepsen cancels anti-gay Boy Scouts of America concert in support of LGBT rights

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Carly Rae Jepsen has officially canceled her scheduled performance at this summer’s Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Jamboree concert following a petition asking that headliners Jepsen and Train, who pulled out earlier this week, do so on account of the organization’s anti-gay policies.

Jepsen tweeted: “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer… 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.”

Former Eagle Scout leader Derek Nance, who is gay, asked the two artists to cancel their gig with BSA via petition on change.org. As of Tuesday morning, the petition has received over 65,000 signatures. 

The director of public relations for BSA, Deron Smith, released a statement Tuesday morning saying, “We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts.”

On the petition’s website,  Nance wrote: 

VICTORY: Four days and 62,000 petition signatures after Eagle Scout Derek Nance launched his Change.org campaign, pop superstars Carly Rae Jepsen and Train, who were scheduled to headline the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree this July, publicly denounced the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory policy banning gay youth and parents.

The BSA  has yet to announce replacements for Jepsen or Train.  

 429Magazine

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