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Topic: Diversity in AA
He finally accepted his alcoholism, his sexuality and his life
In May 1996, when I first came to Alcoholics Anonymous, I heard people say that they were alcoholics waiting to happen. That was me, too. I had never felt comfortable in my own skin. I thought it was...
AA taught him not to take any flak for being gay
Growing up in rural Indiana, I never planned on being an alcoholic any more than I planned on being gay. I had a relatively normal childhood. I was the next to last of five kids. My dad worked in a...
Ignorance and unwelcoming insult spur a gay man’s resolve
I am a GSR (General Service Representative) in Sacramento, Calif. We completed the first half of our annual group inventory a couple weeks ago and have scheduled the second half for a couple weeks...
When I first came into AA, I was openly gay, and had been for many years. I was troubled, however, by my behavior in relationships. My drinking had created many problems for me. At age 32, I had...
With his wife still missing, a young African-American vows to make things right
On this beautiful spring morning, after almost three months without alcohol or drugs, I am beginning to feel alive again. I am noticing signs of life all around me. The birds are frolicking and...
A transition from drunk to sober, unworthy to deserving, woman to man …
So many sayings get burned into our memory in early recovery: “Easy Does It,” “First Things First,” and so on. We call upon these slogans in moments of trouble; they help us remember that we’re...
A member discusses the Traditions and special interest groups
I just read the "It's Your Move" section in the May issue of Grapevine, featuring responses to the "Out" section in the February issue. I was surprised at the number of negative reactions to that...
A member discusses the pros and cons of special interest meetings
As a gift of sobriety, I have been able to re-establish a relationship with my daughter after 28 years. Her husband is self-employed and was not able to take time off work to help out when their...
'The Oddities of Alcoholics' - From the May 1973 Grapevine
Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information. This being a...
A Muslim member talks about faith, recovery, and the Steps
When I was in my forties, I came to the startling realization that I am an alcoholic. I joined the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. I should not have been startled by my alcoholism because my late...

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