Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho Would Like To Meet With Donald Trump About Transgender Rights

She says she is "disappointed" in the latest action.

On Wednesday, the Trump administration revoked guidance put in place by Barack Obama instructing public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. The Justice Department and Education Department argued in a joint letter that the directive had been composed "without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy."

Protesters gathered at the White House to speak out against the action. Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager who is taking his case over school bathroom use to the Supreme Court next month, was among them.

Others used social media to express their disappointment and offer support for transgender youth at this vulnerable time. That included Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old former America's Got Talent contestant who sang the national anthem at Donald Trump's inauguration last month. For her, this decision is personal.


"I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide," Evancho tweeted, adding the hashtag #sisterlove in reference to her own older sister Juliet, who came out as transgender in 2015.

She then tweeted directly at President Trump, "u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts."

Juliet Evancho, 18, is one of the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against a Pennsylvania school district's bathroom rule. "I know God made me this way and guided me through this process," she wrote in a Teen Vogue piece last year. "He also gave me a large platform to share my story so that I can show others who have similar stories and struggles that there is light at the end of the tunnel."

"I actually cried because what worried me was that she was going to get teased," Jackie told People of her sister's transition. "She told me she was transgender, and I was actually very happy for her because she finally found herself, and she can be who she wants to be."

Jackie, who previously performed for President Obama, explained to The New York Times last month of her decision to perform at Trump's inauguration, "I just kind of thought that this is for my country. So if people are going to hate on me it's for the wrong reason."

However, as this week's news has proven, the young singer is also willing to use her voice to challenge the president. Whether he will respond to her request is another story.

(H/T: CNN)


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