Carly Rae Jepsen, Train both drop Boy Scouts Jamboree over ban on gay members

"Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen has stated that she won't be performing at the annual Boy Scouts Jamboree this summer. The reason? Because she supports the inclusion of LGBT indiviuals, and the organization does not.

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

The 27-year-old went on to say that she "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."

Train, the other act billed at the Jamboree, dropped out just yesterday, citing the same reason, but stating that they still support the Boy Scouts. A statement on their website had the following to say about the matter:

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.

Both announcements come after GLAAD mounted a campaign pressuring Jepsen to make a statement by backing out of the show.

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