Inauguration singer Jackie Evancho insists President Donald Trump hit a wrong note with his recent decision to remove the federal government from the debate over which bathrooms should be used by transgendered students.
Trump is withdrawing guidance documents sent to schools during the Obama administration that directed schools to allow students to choose the bathrooms of their choice that corresponded with the students’ preferred gender identity. Trump’s new guidance to schools leaves the matter in the hands of states.
That’s not good enough for Evancho, 16, who has a transgender sister named Juliet.
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 22, 2017
“I am obviously disappointed in the @POTUS decision to send the #transgender bathroom issue to the states to decide,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
She also sent a direct message to Trump.
— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017
“@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,” she tweeted.
Juliet, 18, is suing her Pittsburgh school because it will no longer allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.
Although Trump’s action was criticized by LGBTQ activists, it was supported by conservatives.
“Our fight over the bathroom directive has always been about former President Obama’s attempt to bypass Congress and rewrite the laws to fit his political agenda for radical social change,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The Obama administration had claimed that Title IX, a federal law that bans sex discrimination in education, also can be used in cases of gender identity.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the Obama guidelines “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.”
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