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Singer Jackie Evancho arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

Jackie Evancho led celebrity criticism of Trump's revoking of transgender rules


After President Trump rolled back Obama-era guidelines on transgender students, prominent figures and organizations criticized the ruling. 

One of the critics was Jackie Evancho, the "America's Got Talent" runner-up who sang at Trump's inauguration. Evancho's sister Juliet came out as transgender in 2015.

Evancho said she was "obviously disappointed."

She urged Trump for the "honor" of a meeting in person.

Tech titan Apple also criticized Trump's decision. A statement from the company read as follows: 

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

Ellen DeGeneres also decried the rules as "not okay." 

Chris Evans, famous for his role as Captain America, apologized for the ruling. 

I will ensure ... protections for transgender and gender non-conforming students are enforced fairly and vigorously.
Bob Ferguson, Washington Attorney General

Outside of the celebrity world, several state attorneys general criticized the ban in statements, including Washington's Bob Ferguson, New York's Eric Schneiderman and New Mexico's Hector Balderas. 

The New York Times reports the ruling was divisive even among the Trump administration. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resisted signing off on the ruling out of fear it could open transgender students to discrimination and harassment. 

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed for the ruling and DeVos ultimately conceded, according to the Times' report.

Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite said in a statement his schools' policy would not change, WPVI reports.

Trump supporters, meanwhile, applauded the move.


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