"My gift to the Elton John Foundation is intended to emphasize that we support freedom of all people to live their lives peacefully, without interference from others," Anschutz said in a statement to Billboard. "Sexuality is among the most personal of issues, and it has never been my intent to weigh in on people’s private lives. I support the rights of all people and oppose discrimination and intolerance against the LGBTQ community. I see this as a matter of basic human rights."
Anschutz has donated to anti-LGBTQ groups, some of which have been qualified as extremist hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center, for several years, and personally contributed $1,012,000 to Republican or Republican-aligned candidates and PACS in the 2016 election season. His charitable foundation was revealed to have given at least $770,000 to hate groups that year.
"Our Foundation supports a broad range of philanthropic causes," he said of that organization. "I regret if any money given to a charity for other purposes may have indirectly worked against these values. That was not my intention, it does not reflect my beliefs, and I am committed to making sure our internal processes are strengthened so that it does not happen again."
Read more about his history of donations here.