March 6, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Jepsen backs out of Scouts Jamboree
Carly Rae Jespen, gay news, Washington Blade

Carly Rae Jespen (Photo by George Biard via Wikimedia Commons)

LOS ANGELES—Singer Carly Rae Jepsen on Tuesday announced she would not perform at this summer’s Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the group’s ban on gay scouts and troop leaders.

“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 said on her Twitter page.

Jepsen is the latest in a series of high-profile figures including President Obama to speak out against the policy.

The Boy Scouts of America last month said it would delay any decision on whether to repeal the ban until May.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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  • Thank you Carly. Normally I am not a fan of the "Hannah-Montanna knock-off" singers, but this young singer has my respect for taking a stand for equality. I am an 82 year old mother of a gay son.

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