Aaron Schock, the former former Republican congressman from Peoria, Illinois who was ousted from Congress for over-decorating his office using public funds, Was BUSTED this weekend at Coachella hanging his gay friends, dancing shirtless to his hearts content, and getting busted kissing another guy while putting his hands down the guys shorts. (See photo above.)
Schock’s voting record in Congress was true to the anti-LGBT Republican playbook. He voted against adding ‘sexual orientation, gender identity, gender and disability’ to the federal hate crime protection groups, against the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and for the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman.
Itay Hod, senior writer at the Hollywood site The Wrap who first outed Schock in 2014 and received backlash from one in the LGBT community for outing him stated: “I think Aaron has a lot of explaining to do. While we are all sympathetic to the struggle of coming out of the closet, for years Schock was one of the most homophobic members of Congress, actively working against the community. I think he owes the LGBTQ community an apology before we embrace him as a private citizen.”
Shortly after the lineup for the desert music festival Coachella was released Wednesday, some not-so-savory details about the annual concert’s owner. Billionaire Philip Anschultz, who owns entertainment company/Coachella parent AEG also came to light namely that he supports a litany of conservative causes and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBT groups and climate change denial organizations.
Anschutz supports extremist “anti-LGBT hate groups like Gordon Kligenschmitt’s Pray in Jesus Name.” Pray in Jesus Name has delivered millions of petitions to Congress for “religious freedom”, anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage causes.
The Anschutz Foundation has extensively supported other more heinous openly anti-LGBT hate organizations. That includes $110,000 to Alliance Defending Freedom, $50,000 to National Christian Foundation, and $30,000 to Tony Perkin’s Family Research Council between 2010 and 2013, and since 2008, the Foundation has donated $175,000 to batshit crazy hatefrau Linda Harvey and the Mission America Foundation.
Anschutz is openly anti-union, having funded anti-teachers union movies like Waiting for Superman and Won’t Back Down through his holding Walden Media, and was a founding funder of the Discovery Institute, which according to the SPLC has on its agenda the promotion of “intelligent design”—creationism—in public schools. He has donated to the Koch Brothers’s ultraconservative Cato Institute, and, as the owner and operator of the pro-fracking Anschutz Exploration Company, he has sued entire towns for their anti-fracking regulation and has been an avid supporter of the Keystone XL Pipeline. In his capacity as a music promotions tycoon and with Coachella, Anschutz is essentially mining the spending power of an ostensibly liberal youth culture and using their our own money against them.
There has been no news of weather Beyoncé who will headline the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival along with Kendrick Lamar and Radiohead, or any other acts have or will drop out.