March 6, 2013 15:46

Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts of America gig due to their anti-gay policy

US band Train also unwilling to play gig unless policy is changed

Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts of America gig due to their anti-gay policy

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Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of a planned gig for the Boy Scouts of America due to their anti-gay policy.

The 'Call Me Maybe' singer announced on her Twitter account that she would no longer be playing the concert, which is scheduled to take place this July, due to the organisation's controversial policy of banning openly homosexual members.

"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," she wrote. "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."

Meanwhile, as Rolling Stone reports that US band Train have also threatened to pull out of their headline slot unless the policy is changed in May, when it will be voted upon. "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 organisation," they said in a public statement. "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of an American citizen.

"We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organisation," they added. "We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."

A petition which urged both Train and Jepsen to boycott the show that was started by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation can be viewed at Change.org.


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