Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen has joined Train by pulling out of a performance at the upcoming Boy Scouts of America Jamboree as part of a protest against the organization's ban on gay members.
The singer was scheduled to headline the West Virginia event in July alongside Train, but the band cancelled its slot to take a stand against the Boy Scouts' policy which forbids openly gay or transgender candidates from joining. Jepsen has now followed the group's lead and vowed to boycott the event unless changes are made.
In a series of posts on Twitter, she writes, "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer ... I always have and will continue to support the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] 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."
Other stars who have previously urged Boy Scouts officials to reverse the policy include Neil Patrick Harris, George Takei and Ellen DeGeneres.
You know, my mother always told me that you win more flies with honey. For example, I never was sure about gay men raising children until I met one. He adopted 3 kids from a terrible home with a neglectful mother. They were literally playing in traffic when the cops took them. They have a wonderful life now, and the idea that they may be from a different family seems very trivial compared to the home they had before. That kind, selfless act by a single man completely changed my mind.
There is no agenda or cause good enough to hurt, discourage or dissapoint an innocent child.
So, what are the kids going to hang on to:
Gay rights=people who let me down and punished me for something I didn't do
You aren't going to change the hearts of the adults, you have to look to the next generations. You can't expect people who have grown up being told something thier entire life to suddenly accept the opposite. That's one large group of children that may grow up with negative feelings toward the gay community. You win more flies with honey, not venom. If she wanted to protest, there were lots of better ways of doing so.