GLAAD might shed as many as half of its board members amid allegations of influence peddling at the gay rights group.

On Tuesday, six board members tendered their resignations. They follow Saturday's announcement that Jarred Barrios was stepping down from the helm the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) after less than two years.

Barrios left after weeks of criticism over a letter he signed sent to the FCC in support of AT&T's proposed merger with TMobile. Critics noted that AT&T has donated heavily to the group and GLAAD has no clear interest in the telecom industry.

GLAAD also sent a second letter opposing the FCC's proposed rules on net neutrality, but later withdrew the letter and claimed it was sent erroneously.

In a statement released Thursday, GLAAD said it had accepted Barrios' resignation. on Wednesday reported that several of the former board members were leaving because of concerns over the group's conflict of interest standards. But the six would only say they were leaving for “various reasons” and thanked Barrios for his leadership.

“We believe that GLAAD plays a vital role in our community and wish it only the best. We also thank GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios for his service and his 20 plus years he has committed to social justice and the LGBT community.”

The site also quoted an unnamed source as saying that about a third or half of the 29-member board may depart by the end of the week.

Barrios was the first Latino to head the gay rights group, and the youngest leader it has had. In 2009, he stepped down as president of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, the job he took after leaving the Massachusetts state Senate, to replace Neil G. Giuliano, who had held the position since 2005.