US: Carly Rae Jepsen to headline at California gay festival

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After cancelling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual jamboee because of the organisation’s ban on gay members volunteers and staff, Carly Rae Jepsen has signed up to headline at a gay dance festival in California.

The grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who is currently touring with Justin Bieber, has been announced as the headline act at the White Party T-Dance on 31 March, which takes place in Palm Springs, California.

Last week the gay rights group the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) commended performers Carly Rae Jepsen and Train for pulling out of performing at the Boy Scouts of America’s annual jamboree because of the organisation’s policy banning gay volunteers, members and staff. 

The Call Me Maybe star Tweeted on Tuesday: “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”

The Canadian singer will be joined by acts including Carmen Electra and Icona Pop, at the festival which runs from 29 March to 1 April.

Jepsen said last week that she hoped her decision to pull out of the BSA’s jamboree would put pressure on the organisation to change its discriminatory policy.

The national Boy Scouts of Americas board previously postponed from making a decision, but is meeting in May, and is expected to decide on the policy then. It is considering lifting its national ban on allowing gay volunteers, members and staff, which would effectively allow individual scout troops to decide on whether to be inclusive or not.

A rally recently delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures pushing for the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban. 

Reports suggest that GLAAD will issue a formal invitation for Carly Rae Jepsen and Train to perform at the GLAAD Media Awards later this year, when Madonna will present an award to Anderson Cooper. 

As well as GLAAD, Scouts Canada yesterday reaffirmed its inclusion policy for all, and extended an invitation to Carly Rae and Train to perform at its jamboree.

Last August, Train released a statement saying they were “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition to gay marriage.