President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse his predecessor’s guidelines for public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender identity and let individual states decide is being met with opposition from the LGBTQ community.
In fact, a performer who sang at Trump’s inauguration is coming forward to express her disappointment in the ruling: Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old singer best known for winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2010.
The issue hits particularly close to home for Evancho, whose sister Juliet is transgender, and she took to Twitter to express her dismay at the president’s latest attempt at undoing something accomplished by President Barack Obama during his two terms in office.
“I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide,” tweeted Evancho, adding the hashtag #sisterlove.
In a followup tweet, she requested a meeting with the Commander in Chief in order to hopefully open his mind about transgender issues. “@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honour 2 sing at your inauguration,” she added. “Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rights.”
Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Katy Perry and Beyonce are equally displeased with the news, addressing their concerns on social media.