Dear Editor,

With Garden State Equality's Executive Director Andrea Bowen having recently resigned, New Jersey's largest LGBT rights organization will have to re-determine it's priorities.

While Garden State Equality has achieved many victories, for the purposes of political expediency and corporate sponsorship, the organization has willfully ignored the Christie Administration's obstruction of New Jersey's medical marijuana program, severely harming LGBT HIV/AIDS patients.

GSE has also ignored the need for needle exchange programs and safe injection sites in New Jersey. The LGBT community has been ravaged by the effects of addiction and these programs would prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Garden State Equality must join the fight for safe access to medical cannabis and clean needles, or step aside for a new group to become the predominant LGBT rights organization in New Jersey.

Eric Hafner
Toms River