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Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old singer who performed at President Trump's inauguration, is inviting Trump to meet with her and her sister to discuss transgender rights after Trump withdrew guidelines that protected transgender students Wednesday. Juliet, Jackie's sister, is currently suing her school district over the right to use the bathroom for her confirmed gender.
The former America's Got Talent contestant tweeted at the president Thursday:
\u201c. @realDonaldTrump 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 \u2764\u201d— Jackie Evancho (@Jackie Evancho) 1487808649
She also tweeted at the president as soon as the news about Trump withdrawing the guidelines became public:
\u201cI am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove\u201d— Jackie Evancho (@Jackie Evancho) 1487796714
Jackie followed that up with a selfie of herself with her sister, Juliet, with the hashtag "#NoHate" and "#Love."
When it was announced that Jackie would be singing at Trump's inauguration, many criticized her decision. Jackie responded by telling People, "I hope to just kind of make everyone forget about rivals and politics for a second, and just think about America and the pretty song that I'm singing. ... I'm hoping that I can bring people together." .
At the time, Juliet told CBS Sunday Morning that she wasn't critical of her sister's decision. "The way I look at it is, Jackie is singing for our country, and it's an honor for her to be singing in front of so many people." Juliet did not attend the inauguration because she was preparing herself for gender-confirmation surgery.
Jackie told People that she was happy when her sister transitioned, and she was open about the harassment her family has experienced. "My family is kind of a big target," she said. "I have a transgender sister, and so a lot of hate goes towards us. ... I was actually very happy for [Juliet] because she finally found herself and she can be who she wants to be. I actually cried, because what worried me was that she was going to get teased."