Train has made it known now that they are against the Boy Scouts of America. The band were scheduled to perform at this year’s jamboree which would be taking place in July with “Call Me Maybe” crooner, Carly Rae Jepsen, but the band are pulling out. According to Queerty, the band made a statement against the longstanding and recently troubling ban on scouts being from the LGBQT community.
A recent petition by Derek Nance, a gay Eagle Scout, on Change.org urged the band to make this decision after GLAAD signed on for the cause this past Friday. The band wrote the following on their blog, explaining the situation to fans:
“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.”
Currently, the petition is waiting for Jepsen to make a statement about whether she would go ahead and do the Jamboree of if she, like Train, will pull out. In case you were one of the few who hasn’t seen the “Call Me, Maybe” video, it features a male couple kissing in it. Jepsen has also spoken out about how she would always support gay marriage.