A petition, now 63,000 signatures strong, has been urging Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen to denounce the Boy Scouts of America's nationwide ban on gay scouts and leaders by cancelling her headlining concert for the organization.
Earlier this morning they got their wish.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Jepsen said in the first of three tweets this morning, March 5. "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."
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer...— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 5, 2013
I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level ...— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 5, 2013
According to a press release, gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance started the petition hoping Jepsen followed the lead of rock band Train, who said they wouldn't perform at the Boy Scouts of America's 2013 National Jamboree unless the organization ended their national ban on gay membership.
"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 said in a March 1 statement on its site. "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."
The executive of the BSA are slated to meet in May with the possibility of removing the ban up for discussion.
Nance, a former Boy Scout leader, said he was "surprised" to see both groups confirmed for the event.
"My name is Derek Nance," he wrote on the change.org petition site before listing his links to the Boy Scouts of America. "I'm also gay, and a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) and Train (Drops of Jupiter). That's why I was surprised to see that both Carly Rae and Train would be headlining the National Scout Jamboree this July, but hadn't yet spoken out against the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents. 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."
As of Tuesday morning 63,356 signatures were on the petition, with some using Jepsen's hit song to drive the point home. "Come on, Carly! Change this, maybe?" wrote Timothy Newman of Washington, D.C.
Boy Scouts of America has yet to respond to Jepsen's decision to pull out. The singer is performing this evening at London's O2 Arena as part of Justin Bieber's world tour.
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