- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 23, 2017

Inauguration singer Jackie Evancho and her transgender sister Juliet are offering to meet with President Trump to “enlighten” him on LGBT rights.

The girls appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday, reacting to the Trump administration’s reversing of former President Barack Obama’s landmark directive to public schools that allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

Jackie, who sang the national anthem at Mr. Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration ceremony, said she hadn’t heard back from the president since she offered via Twitter on Wednesday to talk with him about transgender rights.



“I guess I just want to enlighten him on what my sister, I’ve seen her go through every single day in school and people just like her, what they deal with,” the 16-year-old told ABC News. “The discrimination, it’s terrible.”

Juliet Evancho, who was born as a male named Jacob, said she would bring a message of understanding to their proposed meeting with Mr. Trump.

“When I heard about it I was very disappointed and I realized that we would need to take action in order to enlighten the administration on everything,” the 18-year-old said.

Ms. Evancho said the bathroom policies are unclear in public schools, which makes it easier for discrimination to go unchecked.

“I’ve had things thrown at me,” she said. “I’ve had people say pretty horrible things and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy so I feel like Donald Trump needs to know that being in such an unsafe environment won’t do any good not only for the transgenders and the LGBTQ community but as well as everyone as a whole.”

Jackie faced a wave of backlash for performing at Mr. Trump’s inauguration but said Thursday that she has no regrets.

“The reason why I did sing for the inauguration was not politics,” she said. “It was for the honor and privilege to perform for my country and that will stay the same I think.”

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