Carly Rae Jepsen has decided to stand up for gay rights by canceling a scheduled appearance at a Boy Scout event.
Today, Jespen canceled her appearance at the Boy Scouts’ 2013 National Scout Jamboree, according to TMZ. The singer was supposed to appear at the concert, but decided she couldn’t condone the Boy Scout’s stance on anti-homosexuality.
The “Call Me Maybe” star took to Twitter to announce her decision.
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer…
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.
GLAAD commended Jepsen’s decision on its website.
“No fair-minded media outlet, corporation or celebrity will want to partner with the BSA as long as the organization puts discrimination and anti-gay bias before the needs of young people,” Rich Ferraro, GLAAD’s vice president of communications, said in a statement. “GLAAD will continue to call for partners of the BSA to speak out against the anti-gay ban until the BSA puts Scouting first and adopts a national non-discrimination policy. Carly Rae Jepsen and Train’s decisions not only send the right message to the BSA, but remind LGBT young people that they are supported and accepted.”
The band Train is also scheduled to perform at the conference, but they’ve just announced they won’t appear unless the Boy Scouts change their anti-gay policy before summer begins.
Where do you stand? Should the Boy Scouts lift their ban on homosexual leaders?