Just days after the Boy Scouts of America announced that Carly Rae Jepsen and Train would be playing at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, both acts have dropped out in protest against the organization’s ban on gays.
“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.
She added, “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.”
An online petition started by Eagle Scout Derek Nance asking the performers to boycott the event received over 65,000 signatures on Change.org.
In response to the petition, Train posted a message on their blog saying they were not aware of the Boy Scouts’ anti-gay policies and would not participate in the event unless the organization reverses course on discrimination.
No word from the Boy Scouts on how they plan to replace the headliners for the jamboree, which is scheduled for July 15-24.
“Hopefully the BSA ends their discriminatory policy in May and the Scouts not only get a great show at the Summit this summer but they get a great program that stands up for equality ad builds strong values long into the future,” wrote one commenter on the Scouting Magazine Blog.