Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scout Concert Over Gay Policy & Other Celebs Speaking Out Against Homophobia

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Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scout Concert Over Gay Policy & Other Celebs Speaking Out Against Homophobia
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The Boy Scouts of America has one less performer on the bill for the 2013 National Scouting Jamboree in West Virginia. "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen backed out of the performance with a Tuesday morning tweet.

"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 27-year-old singer wrote.

The move comes after thousands signed a Change.org petition protesting the Scouts' anti-gay stance. Lead act Train is still scheduled to perform, but vow to back out if the organization fails to overturn the ban against gay scouts in May.

Jepsen isn't the first - or likely the last - celebrity to take a stand against homophobia.

Macklemore

Rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have already preached sexual acceptance in their song "Same Love." Now, they're promoting acceptance - especially in the sports world -- in the anti-homophobia campaign You Can Play.

"You know someone who's gay, ... athletes, musicians, people in your life. They just haven't told you yet," Macklemore says in the video, adding that fans shouldn't let their sexual orientations hold them back. "Anti-gay language has no place in sports, or music. If you can play, you can play."

Ke$ha

Ke$ha is all about people doing what makes them happy, but she's not down with it if it involves homophobia.

"I'm all about standing up to gay/lesbian/transgender bullying," she told Seventeen magazine last year, adding that her brother gets picked on because of his stutter. "I just have zero tolerance for people making fun of others."

Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge was one of many celebs to speak out against California's Prop 8 when it passed in 2008. However, the "Come to My Window" singer took it a step further by saying she wouldn't pay taxes in California if she's not allowed to marry her partner.

"I don't mean to get too personal here but there is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California," she wrote in The Daily Beast essay, adding that it's too bad the state would miss out on the tax revenue from gay marriages.

"I guess you will have to find some other way to get out of the budget trouble you are in," the singer added.

Tell us: Do you appreciate when celebrities speak out against discrimination or homophobia?

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