Train Backs Out of Boy Scouts Jamboree Over Gay Ban

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The SF-based pop rock band Train has bowed out of the Boy Scouts Jamboree following pressure from GLAAD, Eagle Scout Derek Nance, and over 3,000 people who signed a Change.org petition to do so.

Wrote Train on its website:

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.

Also asked to dump the BSA: "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen. No word from her yet.

Comments

  1. Strepsi says

    To the usual Towleroad naysayers who said pressure on the groups was the wrong approach: nope. We have allies out there who believe in equality, and TRAIN is to be commended for standing up for principle. The fact that the Boy Scouts are further ostracized and embarrassed for their bronze-age thinking is just icing to me.

  2. Buster says

    So a Boy Scouts Jamboree isn’t about learning knots and trading emblems with Scouts from other regions anymore? Apparently it’s about performances by retro and pop music icons. How gay!

  3. Rich F. says

    While I certainly commend the band for cancelling the gig, one has to wonder if they’d been living under a large rock for the past fifteen years.

  4. bambinoitalianoba says

    @Rich F, not everyone sitting in front of the computer reading up blogs after blogs. Many do have a different life style other than reading memes leaving comments.

  5. QJ201 says

    “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”

    because we are straight guys from San Francisco and have learned to ignore gay issues.

  6. Rich F. says

    @ Bambino: You do realize that the SCOTUS ruling on Dale vs. BSA was national news in 2000, right? And that the potential overturning on the ban was national news last month? And by national news I mean all over TV, radio, and newspapers?

  7. Andrew says

    “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.”

    How is that even possible?

  8. Francis says

    I’m skeptical they didn’t know about the BSA’s policy, but perhaps they didn’t realize it was as discriminatory as it is. Not everyone is in tune in regards to LGBT rights as others. Including many gay folk. Some people just don’t think about it (which often is because homosexuality is a simple non issue to them) but anyway, Train did the right thing here and that is what matters.

  9. Fred Fox says

    Thank you, Train, for removing yourself from any connection with the BSA. As a BSA parent,I do not want anbyone who has a sexual perversion or who supports a perverted lifestyle to associate with Boy Scouts. You should associate with other gay boys wherever you can find them.

  10. Randy says

    “we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization”

    How clueless are Train anyway? BSA went to the Supreme Court for that right. It was big news, even in the “lamestream” media.

    I call BS.

  11. Craig says

    I dunno, Carly Rae Jepsen may be cruel and unusual punishment. These poor kids didn’t make the rules, don’t force them to listen to her sing.

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