Mormon choir to perform at Trump’s inauguration
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, it has been confirmed.
The official choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made the announcement today.
It said: “At the request of the U. S. Presidential Inauguration Committee, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has accepted an invitation to sing at the swearing-in ceremony during the presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol next month in Washington, D.C.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, known as the Mormon Church, preaches a rejection of homosexuality unless members remain celibate for life.
The religion also rejects the children of gay couples unless they actively disavow their parents’ “lifestyle”, and has been linked to a number of dangerous gay ‘cure’ practises.
A clampdown on LGBT people in the church has been linked to a surge in Mormon youth suicides – while the church has also used its influence to block LGBT rights legislation in Utah and channel funding to anti-LGBT campaign groups.
It will be the sixth time the choir has performed at inaugural events for a President, following on from George W. Bush (2001), George H. W. Bush (1989), Ronald W. Reagan (1981). Richard M. Nixon (1969), and Lyndon B. Johnson (1965).
Ron Jarrett, president of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir said: “Singing the music of America is one of the things we do best. We are honored to be able to serve our country by providing music for the inauguration of our next president.”
It was recently confirmed that 16-year-old reality star singer Jackie Evancho is to perform the national anthem for Donald Trump’s inauguration, after a number of famous singers reportedly snubbed the honour.
The singer has a transgender sister, Juliet Evancho.
Juliet Evancho has not publicly commented about her sister’s performance.