The Tony and Grammy award winner cancelled her appearance after the booking prompted outrage from members of the LGBT and Broadway community.Holliday, best known for playing Effie White in Broadway show , apologised to LGBT fans in an open letter.She said she did not realise her performance would be perceived as a “political act” and misconstrued as an expression of support for Mr Trump and the Vice President-elect Mike Pence.“My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT community,” the 56-year-old wrote in a letter to “I sincerely apologise for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.” The President-elect’s record on gay rights has been mixed.Jennifer Holliday has announced she will no longer perform at the welcome concert for Donald Trump‘s Presidential Inauguration festivities after she realized how she hurt her LGBT fans.The 56-year-old Tony-winning actress originated the role of Effie in .“Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.” She cited an article in The Daily Beast, which called her decision “heartbreaking to gay fans,” and retweeted news of her decision.“I sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans,” she wrote.
Her next role, which she began to act at 21, was the role for which she became best known: the role of Effie Melody White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.
Holliday also performed in the touring company of Sing, Mahalia, Sing in 1985.
In 1998, Holliday was featured on the album, My Favorite Broadway Ladies as one of "The Queens of Broadway." Holliday's version of the song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" made her a star on Broadway and catapulted her to national stardom.
“My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT Community and to state unequivocally that I WILL NOT PERFORM FOR THE WELCOME CONCERT OR FOR ANY OF THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES!
” Jennifer wrote in an open letter obtained by The Wrap.
While he said he will not overturn the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision on marriage equality, he has supported provisions that would make it legal to deny services to LGBT individuals based on religious beliefs and could possibly reverse an executive order that means federal workers cannot be fired on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.