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When you think of celebrities advocating gay rights, you might automatically jump to Lady Gaga or Cher or any number of outspoken performers who have made it a very vocal part of their agenda to the fight for equality.
But other celebrities are doing some pretty awesome things to show their support, too.
When it was announced recently that pop-rock band Train and “Call Me Maybe” songstress Carly Rae Jepsen were set to headline the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer, there was some backlash.
A lot of backlash, actually.
Train and Jepsen, who have historically voiced their support for equality, decided they wanted no part in the bigotry. Both acts pulled out of the event, citing the homophobic policies set in place by the Boy Scouts of America.
The organization has come under fire for being flagrantly anti-gay. Openly gay men are not allowed to serve in the Scouts in any capacity, whether as a troop leader or an actual scout.
Kudos to Train and Carly Rae Jepsen for standing up for what’s right. Maybe this will be a wake-up call for the Boy Scouts, who seem to operate under the premise that all gay men are pedophiles.
Yeah, that made me nauseous too.
There has been a heated debate over the discriminatory policy over the last several months, and the Scouts will reportedly decide in May whether or not to lift the ban.
The fact that there is even debate over this boggles my mind. How can an organization that’s supposed to teach courage and honor completely marginalize and, quite frankly, bully young gay men into thinking they are less than their straight peers? The Boy Scouts of America should be ashamed.
I can only hope that that years down the road, the children of my generation won’t be subjected to such vile bigotry.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to blast “Call Me Maybe” in a rainbow leotard and throw glitter around the room.
Well, maybe not, but you get the point.