Gay Scout Ban: GLAAD Urges Scout Jamboree Performers Carly Rae Jepsen, Train to Denounce Controversial Policy

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    GLAAD is calling on Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to stand up for equality.

    The gay-rights advocacy group has urged the hitmakers to denounce the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members and scout leaders following an announcement earlier this week that the musicians will be performing at the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, W.Va., in July.

    GLAAD posted an open message to both Jepsen and Train on its website Friday, encouraging them to advocate for "a national policy of non-discrimination."

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    The group added that "both artists have also shown support for the LGBT community in the past, making their agreement to play a show for this anti-LGBT organization a surprise."

    GLAAD also said that it was working with former Boy Scout camp leader Derek Nance, who left his post in January after coming out as a gay man in a video that went viral, in its push to get the artists to help overturn BSA's policy.

    On Tuesday, a blog for BSA adult leaders posted videos of both Jepsen and Train inviting scouts to the Jamboree. The "Call Me Maybe" songbird is reportedly scheduled to open the event, while the "Hey Soul Sister" rockers were to close it out.

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    In a statement to E! News, Train said that they were "not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization" when they booked the show.

    "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen," the band said. "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's camp has not yet returned a request for comment.

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