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September 1994

PO Box 1980

Open to all?

At our weekly meeting this morning, I once again heard the word "faggot." Although I don't believe the speaker used it in a hateful way, it nevertheless made me feel very uncomfortable. We are told again and again by longtime members of AA that our Fellowship is open to all, that the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. We are told that there is no prejudice in AA, that all recovering alcoholics are welcome, regardless of sex, race, creed, or national origin. So in the rooms we seldom, if ever, hear racial, ethnic, or religious slurs.

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