Teenage singer Jackie Evancho wants to "enlighten" Donald Trump about the discrimination faced by transgender people following the U.S. President's decision to withdraw protections regarding school bathroom laws.
The opera star, who performed at the leader's inauguration last month (Jan17), was among the celebrities left outraged on Wednesday (22Feb17), when it was announced government officials had removed the federal guidelines that allowed transgender school students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.
The move is aimed at giving state authorities more control over the matter, but many critics insist the change to the laws, originally introduced by former leader President Barack Obama, will only leave members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community at risk of further discrimination.
Jackie's sister Juliet was born Jacob, but transitioned into a woman when she was 17, and the former America's Got Talent star took to Twitter to reach out to Trump in a bid to land a meeting with the Republican.
"@realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration," the singer wrote. "Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rights (sic)."
Jackie, 16, addressed the matter in more detail during a joint appearance with Juliet on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (23Feb17), when she expressed her desire to educate Trump about what trans youths already have to go through.
"I just wanna enlighten him on what my sister... (goes) through every day in school and people just like her, what they deal with, the discrimination," she explained. "It's terrible, and I guess I kind of just want him to really re-look at that (bathroom law agenda)."
Juliet admitted she was "very disappointed" by the Trump administration's latest controversy, and went on to describe the kind of school bullying she has already endured, saying, "I live it every day, going through discrimination. I've had things thrown at me, I've had people say pretty horrible things, and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy, so Donald Trump needs to know that being in such an unsafe environment won't do any good."
Despite disagreeing with Trump's stance on school bathroom protections, Jackie has no regrets about performing at his inauguration and would "most definitely" do it all over again, if given the chance, because her involvement was not about politics.
"It was for the honour and the privilege to perform for my country," she maintained.