Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old singing star who sang the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, has publicly condemned the president’s decision, announced on Wednesday, to rescind protections for transgender students that would have allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity while in school. Evancho, who famously finished in second place on America’s Got Talent when she was only 10, has a transgender sister, 18-year-old Juliet, who is currently engaged in a legal battle with her Pittsburgh school district for the right to access the bathroom of her choice. Evancho withstood significant criticism for her decision to perform at Trump’s inauguration in January.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Thursday, Jackie said she hoped for a chance to talk with Trump about her elder sister’s experience.
“I just want to enlighten him on what I’ve seen my sister go through every day in school,” said Jackie. “The discrimination is terrible and I guess I kind of just really want him to relook at that.”
Juliet, for her part, couldn’t understand how preventing transgender students from using identity-corresponding bathrooms was supposed to help anyone.
“Being at a high school where the policies on the bathroom are unclear — Jackie has said, I kind of 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,” explained Juliet. “So I feel like Donald Trump needs to know that being in such an unsafe environment won’t do any good for not only the transgender and LGBT community but for everyone as a whole.“
Watch the interview below.
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