Train won’t perform for Scouts unless they drop gay ban

Grammy winning band was scheduled to play at Boy Scouts 2013 National Scout Jamboree

Train won’t perform for Scouts unless they drop gay ban
02 March 2013

The Grammy winning band Train has given the Boy Scouts of America an ultimatum: drop your ban on gays or we won’t perform at your annual national event.

The band, which has shown support for the LGBT community in the past. was scheduled to perform at Boy Scouts 2013 National Scout Jamboree as the closing night act.

‘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,’ the band said in a statement.

‘Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen,’ they added. ‘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.’

Earlier this month, the national board of the Boys Scouts of America delayed a decision of whether or not to end its controversial ban on gay members and leaders.

The approximately 1,400 voting members of the National Council will revisit the issue at its annual meeting in May.

The board is considering a proposal that would allow openly gay people to participate in scouting. But the end of the national restriction regarding sexual orientation would not put an end to the ban on gays completely. Local chapters would still have the ability to not allow gay scouts or leaders.

Train’s change of heart came following pressure from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and through a Change.org petition began by former Eagle Scout Derek Nance who is gay.

GLAAD and Nance are also asking scheduled opening act Carly Rae Jepsen to drop out of the event.

She has not yet commented.

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