Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scouts Concert Due To Group's Anti-Gay Stance

Carly Rae Jepsen is standing up for gay rights by canceling her scheduled appearance at a summer Boy Scouts concert.

On Tuesday, Jepsen canceled her appearance at the Boy Scouts' 2013 National Scout Jamboree, TMZ reports. The singer was slated to appear at the event in Mount Hope, W.Va., in July but decided to back out because of the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay stance.

The "Call Me Maybe" star took to Twitter to announce her decision.

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."

GLAAD urged Jepsen and the band Train to withdraw from the Boy Scouts Jamboree following a campaign launched by Eagle Scout Derek Nance.

Nance, a gay former Boy Scout Camp leader, petitioned for Jepsen and Train to withdraw from the Boy Scouts' summer concert to show support for equality.

"As a talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end its dangerous anti-gay policy," states his petition, which has since garnered more than 63,000 signatures.

On Monday Train announced they won't perform unless they Boy Scouts change their anti-gay policy before the summer.

The Boy Scouts upheld its ban of gay leaders and members in February, announcing that a vote on the policy will be held in May. The group decided to push back the decision due to the "complexity" of the issue, according to the Associated Press.

The Scouts have faced public backlash over its discriminatory practices and have lost donations from major sponsors, such as UPS and Intel.

Jepsen, who is most famous for her hit song "Call Me Maybe," delighted gay fans with her music video, which included a surprise gay-twist ending.



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