Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t want the Boy Scouts to call her. Ever.
The singer was set to headline the Boy Scouts’ 2013 Jamboree this summer, but after a Change.org petition, which gathered 62,000 signatures in just four days, asked Jepsen to reconsider, she did. “As 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,” the petition read in part.
“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 wrote on Twitter this morning. “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.”
Currently, the Boy Scouts of America do not allow openly gay members to join their organization. The group is set to vote in May on a new proposal that would end the ban. Jepsen didn’t clarify if she would reconsider if they changed their position. Her co-headliners, Train, are still slated to perform, but said they will not if the ban isn’t struck down in May.
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