Carley Rae Jepsen has announced that they will not perform at the national Boy Scouts of America Jamboree as previously announced because of the organization’s exclusion of gays.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Carly Rae Jepsen wrote on her Twitter “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 community and across the globe.”
In the meantime, the rock band Train has asked the BSA to reconsider its policy rather than immediately pull out of the event scheduled to take place in West Virginia this coming July. The Jamboree, which is held every 4 years is expected to be attended by more than 45,000 Scouts and adults.
The BSA’s policy of excluding gays has drawn national attention, and gay rights organizations have lauded both Jepsen and Train for taking a stand on their behalf.
In the meantime, Deron Smith, publicity director for the BSA stated, “We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our membership.”