Singing star Carly Rae Jepsen announced Tueseday via Twitter that she will not be headlining at the Boy Scouts of America 2013 National Scout Jamboree because of the Scouts' anti-gay policy:
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
and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 5, 2013
Recording artist Carly Rae Jepsen announced today that she will withdraw as headliner of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, following a campaign launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance, whose Change.org petition calling on the 'Call Me Maybe' star to denounce the Boy Scouts' ban on gay scouts and scout leaders has amassed over 62,000 signatures.
GLAAD has been leading a campaign with groups such as Scouts for Equality to call on the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to adopt a national non-discrimination policy that would end the BSA's practice of ejecting gay young people and adults.