Coachella’s Owner Donated $50,000 to a Group That Called Homosexuality ‘a Satanic Perversion’

Philip Anschutz, Coachella co-owner
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Philip Anschutz, Coachella co-owner
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Portion of the portrait ‘Philip Anschutz,’ by Danor Shtruzman (CC0)

Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz has flat-out denied contributing to anti-LGBTQ causes.  Are those denials really credible?

Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz continues to draw indignation with his controversial contributions to blatantly anti-LGBTQ causes.  At this stage, it’s hard to tell if Coachella — one of the most popular festivals in the world — will suffer as a result of a clearly hostile agenda towards the LGBTQ communities.

Anschutz, the ‘A’ in Coachella co-owner Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has been funneling large sums to organizations that support LGBTQ discrimination, anti-environmentalism, climate denial, and the weakening of labor unions.  Those donations were largely unknown until sleuthing reporters discovered the heavy contributions.

New first surfaced on his ‘charitable’ contributions in 2016.  Accordingly, Anschutz ceased funding of the Family Research Council, Alliance Defending Freedom, and National Christian Foundation.  These three groups were at the center of the criticism.

In a personal statement released at that time, Anschutz defiantly stated:

“Recent claims published in the media that I am anti-LGBTQ are nothing more than fake news — it is all garbage. I unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation.”

Anshcutz also added that he has immediately stopped giving to certain groups upon learning of their support for anti-gay causes.  Apparently, keeping tabs on numerous ultra-conservative causes isn’t Aschutz’s forte.

Now, there are allegations that the Anschutz Foundation continues to support many organizations with anti-LGBTQ agendas.  Enter Pitchfork, which recent obtained the Foundation’s annual tax filing from December 2015 through November 2016.  The report details the dispersion of $63.7 million in grants to these organizations.

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As noted, the foundation stopped giving to the three groups at the center of the original uproar.  However, it gave to a number of other organizations with anti-LGBTQ sentiments.

And the list goes on…

The Navigators, Dare 2 Share Ministries, Center for Urban Renewal and Education, Young Life, and Movie Guide Awards are allegedly among the recipients of Anschutz Foundation funding.  These are organizations that have a history of making anti-LGBTQ statements.  And that’s not all: Anschutz Foundation is known for supporting politicians with extremely conservative views, not to mention fringe issues like the birther movement (yes: Anschutz actually supported a candidate who openly questioned Obama’s birth in America and whether he was truly ‘American’ regardless).

All of which raises the question: did Anschutz’s foundation really stop funding anti-LGBTQ causes. Or, merely the ones that got inconveniently ‘outed’?

There are no figures of the donations that Anschutz Foundation made in 2017.  Perhaps those filings will offer the most damning evidence — with serious ripple effects for the decidedly pro-LGBTQ Coachella.



6 Responses

  1. dude's right

    in fact if you think it really is a satanic perversion… these days kids get two mums or dads and kids are really sensitive to everything, their childhood must be the best possible and two parents of the same sex cannot deliver this and the kid will always be perceived as someone to harass , bully, disrespect, consider of lesser value… This modern world is pretty sad, and when they say satanic perversion they are right. I mean people in 2200 will have to double check every ‘woman’ since now you can even change sex. Uphill in technology , downhill in basics of human nature.
    Plus if you didn’t know homo couples have the highest rate of sexual diseases.
    I’m glad I’m gonna die before 2100, because it will only go even more downhill.
    I bet in 2500 you’ll be able to be a half woman half man half robot half animal..
    Sad world we live in.

    • Austin

      Gee, if you really tried do you think you could cram any more bigoted baloney into one comment?

  2. I wrote the article

    Certainly these are attacks are rooted more in the author’s general hatred of the target, rather than in fact. Sad that we are led to believe that anything in the media is real anymore.

  3. queefquake

    @dude’s right
    Faggot detected
    It’s always the ones that trash on fags the most that turn up fucking dudes a few years later. Ask me how I know.

    You could probably turn into some kind of a human/robot/animal hybrid in a few years, so better kill yourself now just to be sure.