Carly was supposed to be a headliner for the Boy Scouts of America concert this summer – but she backed out because of the Scouts’ ban on gay members.
She Tweeted: “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer…”
She added, “I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level …”
People reports, “The singer was swayed by a petition at Change.org started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance that specifically urged her not to play the concert. Nance’s petition has garnered more than 60,000 signatures.”
Train – the other headlining act – also said that they will bow out unless the Scouts get rid of the ban.
They blogged, “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.”