You may remember Jackie Evancho as the 16-year-old who sang the national anthem at President Donald Trump’s inauguration when the organizing committee had trouble finding talent. Well, now she has a favor to ask the president and it’s a big one. Evancho wants Trump to reconsider his stance on transgender bathrooms on behalf of her sister.
Jackie’s sister, Juliet, is a student in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and only recently underwent gender confirmation surgery in January. Jackie and Juliet both appeared on Good Morning America last Thursday with Jackie requesting a meeting with President Trump so she can ‘enlighten’ him on the issues her transgender sister faces on a daily basis.
When asked during his daily briefing on Thursday if Trump had heard about the request and if he would be willing to speak to them, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer replied ‘I think the President would be welcome to meet with her,’ a meeting that would be an attempt to get Trump to change his mind on rescinding federal guidelines put in place by Barack Obama that allow students to use the bathroom that suits their gender identity.
This isn’t the first time that Juliet Evancho has commented about being transgender, the first being when she wrote an essay for Teen Vogue in December last year about coming out and outlining her day-to-day issues. ‘I know God made me this way and guided me through this process,’ she wrote in the piece. ‘He also gave me a platform to share my story so that I can show others who have similar stories and struggles that there is light at the end of the tunnel.’
Jackie Evancho tried again to reach the president on her sister’s behalf on Wednesday, this time on his own turf, Twitter, with a series of tweets begging Trump to think about his actions and the effect they have on people like Juliet, who came out as transgender two years ago.
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 22, 2017
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017
Trump has yet to respond to Jackie about this particular request, but did tweet that her ‘album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her inauguration performance’ prior to her singing at the president’s inauguration.
Watch Jackie and Juliet’s appearance on GMA here: