Last year, news broke that Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz donated significant sums of money towards explicitly anti-LGBTQ organizations such as the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation. The ensuing uproar caused Anschutz to deliver a statement denying these finding as “fake news” in addition to promising to halt funding to the groups in question. However, a new report published by Pitchfork shows that he has continued to donate to numerous other organizations with similar motives.
Though Anschutz did indeed cease donations to the aforementioned groups that spurred last year’s outcry, the Anschutz Foundation’s most recent tax filing obtained by Pitchfork is a veritable laundry list of groups whose missions is explicitly anti-LGBTQ. These include Young Life, a Christian ministry that as recently as last year instilled a policy that dissuaded those “sexually active outside of a heterosexual marriage relationship” from being involved, and Dare 2 Share Ministries, an organization that contains such posts on its site as “Homosexuality is a Satanic perversion of God’s gift of sex.”
This news comes hot on the heels of a report published in The FADER at the beginning of the year pointing toward Anschutz’ contributions to Republican candidates that were not only anti-LGBTQ but rabidly anti-abortion.
Since publication of the Pitchfork report, Anschutz’ lawyers have released a statement that reaffirms the position they previously took during last year’s uproar:
“One year ago we stated publicly that we unequivocally support the rights of all people without regard to sexual orientation. We stand by those words and reaffirm the commitment we made at that time that The Anschutz Foundation would not knowingly fund any organization that would support anti-LGBTQ initiatives.”
Read their full statement and see the full extent of Pitchfork’s findings here.
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