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Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t think LGBTQ students have it that bad. In a tweet complaining about LGBTQ protests against a planned Chick-fil-A near Duquesne University this morning, Trump Jr. called LGBTQ protesters “#triggered” and claimed they didn’t have stressful lives at all.
Trump Jr. felt compelled to make fun of college kids after reading a Daily Caller article about the protests, portraying LGBTQ students as troublemakers looking to radically change the definition of marriage. “Luckily these students wont [sic] likely have to tackle issues more stressful than a yummy chicken sandwich in their lives,” Trump Jr. said, before calling them all triggered.
However, medical studies show that LGBTQ students actually face a whole lotta stress. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 61.1 percent of LGBTQ students are more likely to feel uncomfortable in high schools thanks to their sexuality, and anti-LGBTQ sentiments cause an increased risk for depression, drug abuse, and risky sexual behaviors among queer teens. So LGBTQ students do have a pretty rough go—especially when legislators are still trying to take away their right to be seen as equals.
This isn’t the first time that Trump Jr. has said something deeply insensitive on Twitter. Last year, he compared Syrian refugees to poisonous Skittles.
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.