GLAAD Calls On Train, Carly Rae Jepsen To Boycott Boy Scout Jamboree

jepsen trainAfter GLAAD learned that Carly Rae Jepsen and Train were announced as the headliners for the Boy Scouts’ 2013 National Scout Jamboree, they called on the chart-toppers to turn down the BSA until it rescinded its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

There’s been no word back from Miss “Call Me Maybe,” but the members of Train responded, saying they’d only rock the jamboree, which kicks off July 15 in Mount Hope, West Virginia, if the Scouts lifted its ban.

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. 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.

Fronted by Pat Monahan, the San Francisco rock band first formed in 1993, and has several chart-topping hits including “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and “Marry Me.”

A Change.org petition has been started to get Jepsen—who has been supportive of same-sex marriage and the LGBT community—to speak out as well.


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