John Duran will step aside as chairman of the board of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles immediately, he said Tuesday, citing health reasons.
Duran said Vice Chairman Steve Holzer will take his place as interim board chairman, and Duran will remain on the board until the end of the season in July.
Duran, who is also the mayor of West Hollywood, has been under pressure to resign from chorus leadership after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced this month. Duran has denied the allegations. Calling the climate within the organization “toxic,” Duran had previously said he would leave his post in July.
Separately, three West Hollywood council members have called for Duran’s resignation as mayor.
Duran’s statement comes four days after GMCLA executive director Jonathan Weedman announced that his contract had not been renewed.