GLAAD and former Boy Scout camp leader Derek Nance are calling on Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to speak out against the Boy Scout’s ban on gay scouts and leaders during their performances at this year’s National Scout Jamboree.
Carly and Train have supported LGBT equality in the past, so while money talks, it is GLAAD’s hope that both acts will do some serious talkin’ of their own when they take the stage at the Boy Scouts’ event in July.
“Acceptance has never been a question to me. I’ve grown up knowing it’s just the way it should be,” Jepsen told TIME Magazine of her support for the gay community. The video for her hit song “Call Me Maybe” even ends with an innocent boy-on-boy twist.
Train is all for same-sex marriage. “We take the idea of marriage very seriously, and believe it is the right of all consenting adults, regardless of sexual orientation,” they said. “’Marry Me‘ is about just that. Finding that special love and making it last forever. Everyone should be allowed to have that.”
It comes as a surprise to many that two artists who have been so outspoken about LGBT rights would team up with an organization that isn’t nearly as welcoming to gay youth. And that’s why Derek, who came out as gay in an It Gets Better video to denounce the Boy Scouts’ policy, is rallying with GLAAD using a Change.org petition.
Do you hope Train and Carly will say something the Boy Scouts’ policy before Scout Jamboree? Let us know in the comments below.
UPDATE (3/1/13): Train has announced plans to participate in the National Scout Jamboree only if the Boy Scouts change their policy.
UPDATE (3/5/13): Carly Rae Jepsen has tweeted that she will not participate in the Jamboree. “I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level,” she said before adding: “and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”
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