Carly Rae Jepsen And Train Pull Out Of Boy Scouts Jamboree
Both acts have turned down their invitation to the national Boy Scouts Jamboree after pressure from GLAAD to denounce the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and leaders.
Train and Carly Rae Jepsen pulling out of the Jamboree comes hours after GLAAD started a Change.org petition to have both musical acts speak out against The Boy Scouts' ban on gays.
Train was the first act to leave the jamboree, putting up a statement on their site on Monday:
On Tuesday, Carly Rae Jepsen announced she would be leaving the show, as well:
64,002 people had already signed GLAAD's petition.
Derek Nance, a gay former Eagle Scout, started the petition and has updated the page with a statement:
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 Boy Scouts Of America have released a statement:
"We appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts," said Deron Smith, Director of Public Relations for the Boy Scouts Of America.