Carly Rae Jepsen: Denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents
  • Petitioned Lisa DiAngelo

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Interscope Geffen A&M
Lisa DiAngelo
Agent for Carly Rae Jepsen
Colin Lewis

Carly Rae Jepsen: Denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents

    1. Derek Nance
    2. Petition by

      Derek Nance

      Reno, NV

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March 2013

Victory

Four days and 62,000 petition signatures after Eagle Scout Derek Nance launched his Change.org campaign, pop superstars Carly Rae Jepsen and Train, who were scheduled to headline the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree this July, publicly denounced the Boy Scouts of America's discriminatory policy banning gay youth and parents. "I came out as gay because I realized the best way to help end this dangerous policy is to stand up, speak out, and tell the organization I love to do the right thing," said Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout Camp leader Derek Nance, who launched his petition on Change.org. "A Scout is brave, and I'm thrilled that Carly Rae and Train have joined me in standing up for what is right. I hope the Boy Scouts of America also choose to be brave this May."

My name is Derek Nance. I'm an Eagle Scout and a former Boy Scout camp leader. I'm also gay, and a fan of Carly Rae Jepsen (Call Me Maybe) and Train (Drops of Jupiter). That's why I was surprised to see that both Carly Rae and Train would be headlining the National Scout Jamboree this July, but hadn't yet spoken out against the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents. As a talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end its dangerous anti-gay policy.

After serving 10 years as a Boy Scout camp leader, I decided I couldn't lie about who I was any longer and came out as gay. Now, because of the Boy Scouts of America's hurtful anti-gay policy I'm no longer allowed to be part of an organization that has been an instrumental part of my life.

Projected attendance for the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree is over 50,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff. Among those 50,000 are countless LGBT young people who are forced to hide who they really are, in fear of being kicked out of the organization they love. This has to change.

I came out as gay because I realized the best way to help end this dangerous policy is to stand up, speak out, and tell the organization I love to do the right thing. "A Scout is brave", and now I'm asking Carly Rae and Train to join me in standing up for what is right.

Please join me in urging Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and agree to step down as the headlining act at the National Jamboree if the Boy Scout's National Council doesn't change this policy in May.

Together, we can end this hurtful policy.

To:
Lisa DiAngelo, Interscope Geffen A&M
Colin Lewis, Agent for Carly Rae Jepsen
Please speak out against the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and agree to step down as the headlining act at the National Jamboree if the Boy Scout's National Council doesn't change this policy in May.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 50,000 signatures
    2. Train speaks out against BSA's anti-gay policy

      Mark Anthony Dingbaum
      Petition Organizer

      After 3,000 people signed gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance's petition, Train announced that they strongly opposed the BSA's anti-gay policy, and that they would only perform at the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree if the Boy Scouts end their ban on gay youth and parents this May.

      A message about the upcoming Boy Scouts show - Train

      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.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures

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    • Steven Bell ONEKAMA, MI
      • 11 months ago

      Love is to be shared with all people.Not just those that we deem suitable for friendship and or love.I pray that when I am gone from this earth that I am remembered for showing my fellow man or woman love and compassion.

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    • Fred Homaie-rad PERRY HALL, MD
      • about 1 year ago

      I support equality for all and is time that we stand against bigotry and racism.

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    • Erin Rafferty DRESHER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe in a world in which each child and adult who wishes to be a part of an organization for the greater good should be accepted, not turned away in disgrace, because of their sexuality. I find it highly offensive that the Boy Scouts of America believe they have a right to deny ANYONE a membership based on their relationship status; because after all, this debate would NEVER even be taking place if it were regarding heterosexual individuals. For the record, I am a heterosexual woman who used to be a Girl Scout.

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    • gregory morrison SPOKANE VALLEY, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I was a boy scout and gay.

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    • Bev Runka EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Being gay is not a choice. It is what it is. The most caring and 'go the extra mile' men are often gay. They have a great sense of life and adventure.

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