Philip Anschutz, the owner of Coachella organising company Goldenvoice and half owner of the festival itself through entertainment company AEG, has been heavily linked to a series of anti-LGBTQ organisations.
In a new investigation, it has been found that Anschutz handed over huge charitable donations to dozens of groups with extremely conservative views on homosexuality, immigration and more. This is not the first time the speculation has reached fever pitch, it was unveiled that between 2010 and 2013 the Anschutz Foundation’s tax filings confirmed claims that the company gave over $190,000 to anti-gay groups.
At that time of those accusations, Anschutz released the following statement denying the claims: “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.”
Now, in a new finding, Pitchfork has uncovered the Foundation’s tax filing from December 2015 through November 2016 in which it details $63.7 million in grants, of that amount the Anschutz Foundation handed money to a series of organisations that have been very vocal in their anti-LGBTQ statements.
Here’s the examples of the organisations the Anschutz Foundation has funded, as found by Pitchfork:
The Navigators ($40,000; donation dated November 15, 2016) A 2013 document on their website lists being LGBTQ alongside incest and sexual abuse as behavior leading to “sexual brokenness.”
Dare 2 Share Ministries ($50,000; August 23, 2016) Greg Stier, who’s named on this group’s website as its founder and CEO, wrote on the site in a 2008 blog post, “Homosexuality is a Satanic perversion of God’s gift of sex.”
Young Life ($185,000; June 21 and November 15, 2016) This Christian youth ministry’s website has a 2017 policy stating that anyone who is “sexually active outside of a heterosexual marriage relationship” shouldn’t work or volunteer for the organization.
Center for Urban Renewal and Education ($25,000; August 23, 2016) This group’s founder and president, Star Parker, said on “Fox & Friends” last year that the Confederate flag and the rainbow LGBTQ pride flag “represent the exact same thing.” She has also said that gay marriage and legal abortion show that “we’re sick as a country.”
Movieguide Awards ($25,000; July 19, 2016) This annual awards show is held by Movieguide, a reviews site that includes varying degrees of “homosexual worldview” in its ratings criteria. In a 2012 article on the site, Movieguide founder Ted Baehr and editor Tom Snyder referred to “evils like adultery, rape, homosexuality, lying, arrogance, theft, murder, and malice.” They also wrote, “Kirk Cameron was perfectly correct when he said homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and ‘destructive.’”