Trump Jr. Mocks LGBTQ College Students Over Chick-fil-A Protest

Trump Jr. mocks college students for opposing Chick-fil-A

After college students at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh spoke out about plans to install a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant on their campus, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to mock their concern using the “Alt-right” harassment-phrase-of-choice “triggered.” In his tweet, Trump Jr. linked to a Daily Caller article also mocking those students claiming they fear chicken sandwiches.

Trump Jr. tweeted:

The Daily Caller article framed the debate inaccurately claiming “It’s not about the chicken sandwiches but the fact that the corporation had the temerity to support traditional marriage during the same-sex marriage debate.”

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In reality, millions in profits from the chicken restaurant funnel into a non-profit organization called the “Winshape Foundation” that explicitly works to deny or roll back LGBTQ basic civil rights around the world. One of the organizations Winshape has given money to is the Family Research Council (FRC).

In 2010, FRC actively campaigned against U.S. efforts to stop the “Kill the Gays” bill making its way through the Ugandan legislature. FRC spent $25,000 lobbying Congress not to oppose Uganda arguing the language in the U.S. resolution condemning Uganda was too friendly to LGBTQ people.

FRC disagreed with “the suggestion that gay and lesbian acts are universal human rights.” FRC lobbied to remove wording “human rights” from the Congressional condemnation and (knowing that would not happen) generally opposed the congressional resolution condemning Uganda’s effort to legalize the murder of LGBTQ people.

That’s just one example of how profits from Chick-fil-A have actively harmed the LGBTQ community and why the company wasn’t (just) supporting “traditional marriage during the same-sex marriage debate.”

As of 2012, Chick-fil-A’s charitable arm spent $5 Million on anti-LGBTQ advocacy.

While the company claimed in that year it was halting all donations that could be perceived as anti-LGBTQ, by 2014 they were back to their old tricks.

ThinkProgress noted last year:

In 2014, the Chick-fil-A Foundation — the company’s charitable arm — distributed about $4.3 million to non-profit organizations. Of this, nearly a quarter ($1,017,610) went to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). The tax-exempt Fellowship says its mission is to “present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”

The group imparts a strongly anti-LGBT message on its athletes and leaders. Staff and volunteers with the organization have been required to adhere to a strictsexual purity” policy, prohibiting any “homosexual acts” even for married couples. It reads:

God desires His children to lead pure lives of holiness. The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God. While upholding God’s standard of holiness, FCA strongly affirms God’s love and redemptive power in the individual who chooses to follow Him. FCA’s desire is to encourage individuals to trust in Jesus and turn away from any impure lifestyle.

A 2010 story, no longer posted on the organization’s site, claimed that at the FCA’s 2010 National College Conference, “God freed some people from homosexuality, sexual sins, addictions and even ushered newcomers into His Kingdom.”

In short, money spent at Chick-fil-A ultimately supports both a national and global agenda aimed at thwarting LGBTQ basic civil rights.

Those profits sponsor political agendas that paint LGBTQ people as pedophiles, that seek to remove basic civil rights protections, that attempt to criminalize sexual orientation and gender identity globally, and more.

That college students are concerned an entity will be joining their campus with these policy intentions is not – as Trump Jr. not-so-eloquently put it – something that can be dismissed as “triggered” (right-wing shorthand for whining or having feelings hurt over trivial issues). Moreover, LGBTQ college students in particular deal with life-altering issues on campus such as sexual assault, mental health, fear of assault based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and more.

To trivialize LGBTQ lives by mocking student awareness of where their money goes and what causes it supports isn’t just tone-deaf – it’s a blatant example of anti-LGBTQ hate speech.

Being the rich white cisgender heterosexual male he is, Trump Jr. may have no concept of seeking social justice on college campuses. Then again, that’s literally how privilege operates – and why the barriers it creates should be torn down.

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.

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