Trump inauguration singer Jackie Evancho asks to 'enlighten' him on transgender rights

Feb 23 (Reuters) - Jackie Evancho, who sang the U.S. national anthem at President Donald Trump's inauguration last month, has asked him to sit down with her and her transgender sister to learn about the challenges for students struggling with gender identity.

Evancho, 16, requested the meeting in a public Twitter message to the president late on Wednesday, minutes after his administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice.

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"I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide. #sisterlove," she wrote from her account, @jackieevancho.

Trump "gave me the honor" of singing at the inauguration, she added. "Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts."

The White House had no immediate comment.

As of Thursday morning, more than 6,300 Twitter users had liked the request by Evancho, a classical crossover singer who rose to fame on the TV show "America's Got Talent."

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 521

Pictured: Jackie Evancho

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 532 Live Season 5 Finale

Pictured: (l-r) Future Funk, Jackie Evancho

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Live Season 5 Finale - Episode 53

Pictured: (l-r) Michael Grimm and Jackie Evancho

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TODAY

Pictured: Jackie Evancho performs on NBC News' 'Today' show

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3900

Pictured: (l-r) America's Got Talent runner up Jackie Evancho during an interview with host Jay Leno on September 23, 2010

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'America's Got Talent' runner-up Jackie Evancho sings at Tribeca Prep's 'Spirit of America Play,' giving Harper a run for her money as she takes the stage for the first time.

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THE VIEW - (11.15.10)

The co-hosts welcomed ten year old classical crossover soprano Jackie Evancho who performed on 'The View'.

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Muhammad Ali and Jackie Evancho attend an intimate evening with David Foster and Friends in support of organ donor awareness at a private home on November 19, 2010 in Toronto, Canada.

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US President Barack Obama stands alongside Santa Claus and 10-year-old singer Jackie Evancho from 'America's Got Talent' at the conclusion during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010.

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3952

Pictured: Musical guest Jackie Evancho performs on December 15, 2010

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Jackie Evancho, Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban perform during Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Diane Sawyer, Jackie Evancho, Tom Hanks and Jay DeMarcus attend the Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular at the United Center on May 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Young singing sensation Jackie Evancho performed on 'The View,' 12/6/11.

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Jackie Evancho and her brother, Jacob arrive at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Actress Jackie Evancho of 'The Company You Keep' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

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Robert Redford stars, produces, and directs a new move 'The Company You Keep,' which premiered at TIFF on Sunday Sept. 9, 2012. He gives co-star Jackie Evancho a hug on the red carpet.

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Jackie Evancho visits 'Extra' at The Grove on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Gigi Hadid and actress Jackie Evancho attend 'The Company You Keep' New York Premiere at The Museum of Modern Art on April 1, 2013 in New York City.

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Pictured: Jackie Evancho appears on NBC News' 'Today' show  

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Jackie Evancho and Barry Manilow pose for a photo during a rehearsal for the 'A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert' on the West Lawn of the US Capitol on July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Jackie Evancho performs during the A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert rehearsals at the National Mall on July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Jackie Evancho performs at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Singer Jackie Evancho attends 'America's Got Talent' season 9 post show red carpet event at Radio City Music Hall on September 10, 2014 in New York City.

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Gerald McRaney, Anthony Kearns, Danielle Bradbery, Colin Powell, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, Caleb Johnson, Dianna Wiest and Jackie Evancho onstage at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert finale at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on May 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Singer Jackie Evancho attends the Celebrity Fight Night gala at Palazzo Vecchio during 2015 Celebrity Fight Night Italy benefiting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation on September 13, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

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Singers Jackie Evancho and Andrea Bocelli perform at the white party dinner hosted by Andrea and Veronica Bocelli sponsored by Cartier during 2015 Celebrity Fight Night Italy benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation at Andrea Bocellis private residence in Forte dei Marmi on September 11, 2015 in Florence, Italy.

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Classical crossover star Jackie Evancho poses for a photo during A Capitol Fourth - Rehearsals at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 3, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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Magee Hickey and Jackie Evancho attend Project Sunshine's 13th annual benefit celebration on May 05, 2016 in New York, New York.

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Classical crossover star Jackie Evancho performs at A Capitol Fourth concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, on July 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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Singer Jackie Evancho performs during Project Sunshine's 13th annual benefit celebration on May 05, 2016 in New York, New York.

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Evancho was the first performer announced for Trump's inauguration ceremony, an event that many other entertainers had shunned because of the president's views.

Trump, an enthusiastic Twitter user, has not responded to the request, Evancho said on Thursday during an appearance with her sister, Juliet, on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"I just want to enlighten him on what my sister - I've seen her go through every single day in school," she said.

Juliet Evancho, a high school senior, said the president needed to know about the threats facing students who identify as a gender other than the one they were born with.

"I've had things thrown at me," she said. "I've had people say pretty horrible things, and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy."

The Evancho family is suing Juliet's Pittsburgh-area school district over her right to use women's bathrooms.

The Trump administration's action on Wednesday reversed a signature initiative of former president Barack Obama, whose Justice and Education departments had threatened to withhold funding for schools that did not comply with its guidance. (Reporting by David Ingram in New York; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)


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