John Duran

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John Duran


John Jude Duran is an Attorney at Law at Duran Law Group, APLC, Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tempe in West Hollywood.

Biography

"Mayor Pro Tempore John J. Duran is a native Angeleno and a resident of West Hollywood since 1990. He has been an elected member of the City Council since 2001. Mayor Pro Tempore Duran has a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from CSU Long Beach. He has been a lawyer in private practice since 1987."[1]

LGBT EQUALITY

"John has served on numerous nonprofit boards including AIDS Project Los Angeles, the ACLU Foundation Board, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. He was one of the co-founders and Board Chairman of the LIFE AIDS Lobby from 1987 to 1992 — the organization that wrote most of the laws on HIV in California. He was also one of the co-founders of ANGLE (Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality) in 1989 — the heavily influential political organization that developed AIDS policy with US Senators and helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992 with millions of LGBT dollars and voters. He was also one of the co-founders of Equality California in 2000 and its Board Chairman until 2008 — the organization primarily responsible for the creation of marriage equality in the State of California. John is also responsible for the permanent establishment of the June Mazer Archives at the West Hollywood Werle Building — the history of the lesbian community in Southern California. John has repeatedly stated that gay men are deeply indebted to their lesbian sisters for the leadership role these women played during the height of the AIDS epidemic. John is also responsible for the creation/establishment of an AIDS monument in West Hollywood Park to pay tribute to those we lost and to the heroism of the women and men who responded to the plague."

Settlement for Alleged Sexual Harassment

Former West Hollywood City Council Deputy Ian Owens was awarded $500,000. after alleging that he was sexually harassed by John Duran, who "first met Owens through Grindr, a gay hookup app, and had sex with him." After their initial meeting, Ian Owens "began working as Duran’s deputy in August 2012."[2]

Death of Gemmel Moore

Democratic donor Ed Buck is accused of supplying the drug methamphetamine on July 27 2017 to a young black man named Gemmel Moore, a "self-confessed prostitute," who overdosed and died in Ed Buck's home. A local outlet, the West Hollywood site wehoville.com broke the story on August 7 2017.

The same outlet reported that the death of Gemmel Moore was ruled as an accident:

"The L.A. County Coroner’s Office had ruled the death an accident caused by an overdose of methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug that is popular among some gay men. The Sheriff’s Department says that drugs and drug paraphernalia were found at Buck’s apartment.":[3]

John Duran

As reported at the San Diego-based LGBT Weekly in September 2017, John Duran allegedly was seen "trying to discourage people from coming forward" in the case of Gemmel Moore.

West Hollywood’s monthly City Council meeting August 2017

"Two week’s ago, at West Hollywood’s monthly City Council meeting[4], Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath encouraged anyone with information about the Buck’s proclivities regarding meth and sex workers to talk to the L.A. County District Attorney’s liaison at the local sheriff’s station, assuring that they need not fear prosecution if doing so might implicate them in minor drug offenses.
Gemmel Moore's family begs for justice during city council meeting in West Hollywood in August 2017
"Horvath’s fellow council member, John Duran reminded members of the public in attendance and those watching the meeting on city television or online that there are no guarantees, and that prosecutable offenses are, by definition, prosecutable. At least one person in attendance saw John Duran, a friend of the man in whose apartment the Texas youth died, as trying to discourage people from coming forward."
"Meanwhile, a growing mountain of evidence—including multiple eyewitness accounts, smartphone images, background interviews, on-the-record interviews, court documents, hospital bills and text messages—reveal a pattern that depicts well heeled politico Ed Buck as a man with a history of allegations that he pays young, good-looking African American men anywhere from $500-$3500 to inject, smoke and otherwise ingest potentially fatal doses of crystal methamphetamine and GHB during allegedly paid sexual encounters.
"But the sex takes a back seat to Buck’s alleged primary fetish, according to several sources, who say his first interest is getting young, black men to take dangerously large doses of street drugs.

League of Humane Voters Convention

The League of Humane Voters California "held a political convention for pro-animal candidates February 17, 2013. Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Senator Ted Lieu, Mayoral candidate Kevin James, Mayor candidate Emanuel Pleitez, West Hollywood candidates Jeffrey Prang and John Duran, Mike Feuer and Senator Curren Price who are currently candidates for office spoke at the event. Also in attendance were Judie Mancuso, Rich McLellan, Christy Metropole, Dr. Jennifer Conrad of the Paw Project, Dr. Jim Jensvold Commissioner of LA Animal Services, Kathleen Riordan Commissioner of LA Animal Services, Jim Bickhart from the Mayor's office, Mary Krasn, Scott Sorrentino, Michael Bell, Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates, Eileen Smulson of Operation Blankets of Love, Diane Lannes, Patty Shenker, Dr. Armaiti May, Phyllis Daugherty, Marie Atake, LauraBeth Heisen, Ed Buck, Jeff Fleiss, Jane Garcia and many others.[5]

ACT UP

John Duran describes ACT UP on Facebook

John Duran posted on Facebook about his role (carrying American flag) in a march which led to ACT UP. John Duran "served as legal counsel for many prominent civil rights groups including ACT UP." [6]

"...on October 11, 1987 - approximately 500,000 of us marched on Washington DC to protest the indifference and hostility of the Reagan Administration against LGBT people and the AIDS epidemic.

It was a call to action that resulted in a pathway being forged towards equality and justice for our people. ACT UP was born. And the late Jean O’Leary and late Rob Eichberg from Los Angeles created 'National Coming Out Day' to commemorate the event. We are still in that battle today."[7]

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