Coachella owner Philip Anschutz supports anti-LGBTQ

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Postby Hugo » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:58 am

Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz continues to pump money into anti-LGBTQ organizations

Controversy continues to swirl around Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz, who’s drawn ire for his history of contributing to organizations and politicians with agendas that promote LGBTQ discrimination, climate denial, anti-environmentalism, and the weakening of labor unions, all issues that the majority of the liberal acts playing the festival—Beyoncé and The Weeknd, for example—would oppose. Last year, when news first surfaced on his charitable contributions, Anschutz ceased funding of Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, and National Christian Foundation—three groups at the center of the criticism. But a new report from Pitchfork reveals that the Anschutz Foundation has continued supporting a good number of organizations with anti-LGBTQ agendas as part of $63.7 million in grants given out in 2016.

The foundation, for example, donated $40,000 to The Navigators, a company that cites being LGBTQ, along with incest and sexual abuse, as a source of “sexual brokenness.” Dare 2 Share Ministries, who received $50,000 from Anschutz, describes homosexuality as a “Satanic perversion,” while the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, the recipients of $25,000 from the foundation, has said that gay marriage” serves as proof that “we’re sick as a country.”

This information comes roughly a month after The Fader released a report regarding Anschutz’s recent donations to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion politicians and Super PACs.

In a statement to Pitchfork, Anschutz’s lawyer offered the following statement:

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.

Over the past year, the Foundation has stopped funding certain organizations after it was brought to our attention that some of their activities were inconsistent with our values. This is an ongoing process in which we continue to investigate the organizations that we support, as some of these groups may have initiatives that extend beyond the scope of the objectives sought by the Foundation in supporting them. We are proud of the progress we have made in this regard, but there is always room for improvement to ensure the charitable giving of the Foundation does not unintentionally extend to groups that violate principles that are important to us. The Foundation receives requests for donations from thousands of organizations every year and donates to approximately 800 entities annually. If our systems have failed to identify some activities that we do not support, we will stop funding those organizations as we learn more.

On occasion, it has been brought to our attention that certain groups previously supported by the Foundation may have policies or practices relating to the LGBTQ community that could be of concern. In those situations, we carefully assess the concerns to determine if in fact any organization we have supported is taking positions or practicing policies that are intolerant of, or discriminatory toward, the LGBTQ community. If we find problematic activities, we first look to work with those organizations to effectuate positive change if we perceive they are open to hearing and responding to our feedback. Ultimately, if these efforts prove unsatisfactory, we will withdraw further support from those groups.”


Sounds like one of those “we’ll just keep doing it ’til we’re caught” scenarios, eh?

As the owner of Coachella organizer Goldenvoice, Anschutz also presides over several other festivals, including Panorama, FYF, and Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw.

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So, watch should Beyoncé and all the other acts do now that this has come to light? Be extra gay on stage or just cancel and disappoint thousands?
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Postby Serby » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:07 am

Catch 22 tbh. They can get on stage, get the money and be pro-LGBT+ and let the mf seethe. I suppose most of Coachella audience is pro-LGBT so..
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Postby biscuits » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:15 am

What does an anti lgbt organisation even do with $60 million?
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Postby Hugo » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:22 am

biscuits wrote:What does an anti lgbt organisation even do with $60 million?
They probably spend it in medical treatments for their inbred members.
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Postby Serby » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:26 am

Hugo wrote:
biscuits wrote:What does an anti lgbt organisation even do with $60 million?
They probably spend it in medical treatments for their inbred members.
:oops: :x

Someone gotta finance all the speeches and tours they do and pay those wages,as well as bribe politicans to push ant-lgbt agenda. I guess.
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Postby heppolo » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:33 am

biscuits wrote:What does an anti lgbt organisation even do with $60 million?
they'll invest it into spreading right-wing propaganda, I see that transphobia and anti-feminism are on the rise in this target market.
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Postby LittleLinda » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:47 pm

This really is a Catch-22 scenario for the artists involved. The ticket money is already in Anschutz's pockets and if they'd cancel, he'd only get more by suing them for breach of contract.
So the only way to make a statement is on stage, right then and there. And to refuse playing there ever again.
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Postby GetBack » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:05 am

biscuits wrote:What does an anti lgbt organisation even do with $60 million?
That's probably the amount for Beyoncé, The Weeknd, Eminem to swallow their pride. :wink:
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Postby spiritboy » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:10 pm

It's funny how this leaked into the press the year Beyoncé is headlining the festival.
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Postby NothingFails » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:38 pm

spiritboy wrote:It's funny how this leaked into the press the year Beyoncé is headlining the festival.
Actually, I first heard about this last year
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Postby KEY9481 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:14 pm

NothingFails wrote:
spiritboy wrote:It's funny how this leaked into the press the year Beyoncé is headlining the festival.
Actually, I first heard about this last year
And who was the headliner...oh wait
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