Train is threatening to pull out of the National Scouting Jamboree due to a petition that was filed by a former Boy Scout leader who was fired for being gay. The pressure is also on for Carly Rae Jepsen to follow in Train’s footsteps of boycott.
Derek Nance drew a lot of media attention earlier this year when he came out, resulting in his immediate dismissal as a scout program director. He now took to Change.org to seek both Train’s and Jepsen’s support in condemning the organization’s discriminatory policies.
The petition, which currently has over 22,000 signatures, reads:
“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 it’s dangerous anti-gay policy.”
The protest drew the support of GLAAD and shortly after Train issued a statement saying they would refuse to perform at the event if the organization refused to change their anti-gay policies.
The band said:
“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 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.”
Jepsen has yet to comment on the situation.