February 15, 2019 at 7:20 pm PDT | by Troy Masters
Jonathan Weedman says he resigned Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles

GMCLA executive director Jonathan Weedman. (Photo by Troy Masters)

Jonathan Weedman, 59, the Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has resigned.

A statement was issued by the Chorus:

“The Board of Directors of Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles today announces the departure of Executive Director Jonathan Weedman. During his two years as Executive Director, Jonathan was responsible for the groundbreaking Dos Coros Una Voz concert with the Mexico City Gay Men’s Chorus, the launch of the first peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns, and the expansion of GMCLA’s educational programs and community outreach under his leadership.

We thank him for his leadership and wish him well in all his future endeavors. An interim Executive Director will be announced soon. GMCLA is in its 40th season as one of the leading LGBT-arts organizations in the country and remains committed to its central mission of changing hearts and minds through music.”

The move caps a rough couple of weeks for the Chorus during which long simmering frustrations among members came into the open, revealing a tornado of accusations against GMCLA Board Chair John Duran and Weedman. 

Weedman had been accused in December 2017 of inappropriate contact with a 20-year old Chorus member, who he had hired to work in his home. GMCLA Executive Board members ordered an independent investigation which determined there was “insufficient credible evidence of wrongdoing by Weedman.”

The Board accepted the findings and no action was taken.

A more recent case against West Hollywood Mayor John Duran, investigated separately, was also dropped after investigators found no evidence to substantiate allegations of wrongdoing.  The Board also accepted those findings.

Duran will leave the Board of GMCLA at the end of his term in August 2019.

Three of Duran’s colleagues on the West Hollywood City Council asked him to consider resigning after at least two additional Chorus members complained about Duran’s behavior, but he refuses to do so. 

At an executive session of the board Wednesday night, board members decided against dissolving GMCLA in the face of $175,000.00 debt load. Some Board members, reliable donors and corporate sponsors have nontheless distanced themselves from the 40 year old LGBT institution.

Weedman’s contract expired last month and no offer of renewal was made.

In a phone call to the Los Angeles Blade Friday Feb. 15, he said “GMCLA is a cultural and community treasure. It merits everyone’s strong support, especially in these turbulent times. I am grateful for the two years I spent at GMCLA and so proud of all that we accomplished.”

“I pray GMCLA grows and flourishes,” he added.

 

 

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