Carly Rae Jepsen who is one of the most well-known country singers in America has apparently backed out of a music concert recently. She has done so because the organizers of the concert, “the Boy Scouts of West Virginia” have an anti-gay policy, and do not allow gay people to take part in social events at all. Carly feels very strongly about this and refused to be a part of the concert if it was not going to allow gay people to be a part of it.
The music concert is scheduled to take place in July this year. Carly would have been one of the leading stars at the event. The Canadian singer has made quite a name and has won accolades for the marvelous way in which she sings and draws crowds. The music concert is going to miss her presence. When Carly performs, hundreds of people turn up – she is a crowd puller.
Carly Rae was supposed to appear at the concert along with another well-known band by the name of Train. This band has also decided to back out of the concert if the Boy Scouts do not lift the ban on gay participants. The band has said that it will wait till the month of May for the ban to be lifted. If it is not lifted, then this band too is unlikely to perform at the concert, along with Carly Rae.
Carly revealed her feelings and decision on her twitter account. She is known to tweet on a regular basis and express her feelings through this particular medium from time to time. She spoke about her feelings on anti-gay policies and how terrible she thought these were. She says that in her opinion, one has to make a strong stand to create an impact to end such policies and mindsets. That is why she has decided not to be seen performing at this concert, even though it would have benefited her to do so.
What made Carly take the decision of course was a petition brought out by Derek Nance against this particular event. The petition was brought out on the website chance.org where it was mentioned that the organizers were against any kind of participation by gay people. The petition is still doing the rounds of the Internet. It has acquired as many as sixty thousand signatures from all over America and will continue to gather even more in the future.
The gay movement is acquiring a firm foothold in the US with more and more people coming out with their gay identities. There are awareness campaigns about the rights of gay people. Straight people from the mainstream are also advocating the rights of the gays. This has provided the gay rights movement a huge fillip. People have really been able to make their voices heard through petitions online like the one brought out by Derek Nance.
Derek Nance revealed to People Magazine about how happy he was regarding the outcome of the petition. He says that one can make a difference by being courageous and taking a stand. Carly Rae is a person who has managed to do just that. He is thrilled that people like The Train music band and Carly Rae have decided to back him in his efforts. He feels moved by this, and is of the opinion that gay singers and artists will soon start getting their dues by these steps.
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