coachella anti-gay phil anschutz
coachella anti-gay phil anschutz

5 Ridiculously Conservative Things Coachella Co-Owner Philip Anschutz Supports

Though it’s one of the most popular music festivals in the United States, people have wondered, Is Coachella anti-gay?

While the festival itself is inclusive, its co-owner, Philip Anschutz, has a history of donating to anti-LGBT and conservative causes. Though he did stop giving to three groups due to public outrage (the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council and the National Christian Foundation), he hasn’t sworn off giving money to anti-LGBT organizations completely.

Let’s take a look at a few of our “favorites.”

Is Coachella anti-gay? Phil Anschutz supports these five organizations:


1. The Navigators

In 2016, Anschutz gave this group $40,000. The Navigators is a Christian organization that also has a “Sexual Health and Wholeness” initiative. Here’s how the Navigators define “sexual brokenness”:

The devastation brought about by behaviors outside of God’s original intent for human sexuality. These behaviors include adultery, promiscuity, masturbation, homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual abuse, molestation, incest, prostitution, pornography, trans-sexuality and transvestitism, etc. The devastating consequences. 


2. Center for Urban Renewal and Education

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Star Parker

You might remember the Center for Urban Renewal and Education best as the group founded by Star Parker, the woman who said the Confederate flag and the rainbow Pride flag “represent the exact same thing.”


3. The Movieguide Awards

The Movieguide Awards are given annually based on the ratings of Movieguide, a site that ranks the morality of films — at least, the Religious Right’s version of morality. Of course, that doesn’t include homosexuality, of which the founders wrote, “Kirk Cameron was perfectly correct when he said homosexuality is ‘unnatural’ and ‘destructive.’” Just the idea that Kirk Cameron was right about anything gives us the heebie jeebies. Anschutz gave them $25,000.

4. The Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is a conservative legal network. Donald Trump‘s a big fan. In fact, Trump’s such a big fan that he’s basically letting the group pick his administration’s federal judges. And that generally hasn’t been going so well.


5. Smart Approaches to Marijuana

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Despite what you might think from this organization’s name, it’s against the legalization of marijuana. And despite the haze of pot smoke coming from Coachella, pot is officially banned from the festival — even though marijuana is now legal in California.


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