A federal judge has ruled in favor of permitting three transgender students, including Jackie Evancho’s sister Juliet, to use the school restroom that aligns with their gender identity. In September 2016, the Pine-Richland High School board passed a policy that required all students to use the bathroom for the gender found on their birth certificate. Lambda Legal, an organization fighting for LGBQT rights, sought for an injunction halting the policy, which Hornak delivered, CBS Pittsburgh writes.
The judge’s ruling comes a week after Donald Trump rolled back federal protections for transgender students. Jackie Evancho, who was “very disappointed” by the administration’s decision, pleaded with the president to meet with her and her sister so she could “enlighten” him on the subject of transgender rights.
Speaking to Good Morning America last week, Juliet Evancho said of her issues at school, “I’ve had things thrown at me. I’ve had people say pretty horrible things and the unsafe environment is just very unhealthy so I feel like Donald Trump needs to know that being in such an unsafe environment won’t do any good not only for the transgenders and the LGBTQ community but as well as everyone as a whole.”