Following the creation of a Change.org petition created to get the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on openly gay members removed, Carly Rae Jepsen has announced that she will not be performing at the organization’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree. She was scheduled to be the events opening act, but now has backed out over her stance on gay rights.
“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” Jepsen tweets. “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.”
Jepsen isn’t the only one to drop out of the Jamboree over the gay rights issue. Train, also a headliner for the concert, backed out recently as well.
“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,” the band said in a statement. “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 Boy Scouts of America are reportedly considering lifting the ban. The Jamboree is scheduled to take place on July 20.