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Grapevine : February 2011
covered in blood and it was not his. I was a drunk driver and his story could bemineifIgoback out there and drink. Another gay man who was a stage manager shared his story and what happened to him. I was a stage man- ager too, and he told my story. Other speakers talked about having al- ways felt they were di erent, and how AA helped them to let go of these negative feelings about themselves. I now know how important it is to pass on what has been so freely given to me by those early gay men and lesbian women. irty-four years later, I am a happy, joyous and free gay man who is no longer di erent. Bud C. Los Angeles, Calif. be sober, and that she had not had to make any changes in her sexual- ity in her eight years of sobriety. She told me that she believed God had made both of us gay for a rea- son. She didn't think it was an ac- cident that I had gotten her on the phone, and she invited me to a gay AA meeting the next day, not far from my home. When I hung up, I felt better. God had answered my questions, using an- other alcoholic to help save me from drinking and despair. I make sure the people I sponsor (gay or not) get this same message: "The people in AA love you no matter what. You all belong. God made you just the way you are." Mike H. Seattle, Wash. ose early men and women who started the gay meetings shared and gave me the hope to keep coming back. Resources for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender AAs International Advisory Council for Homosexual Men and Women in Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (IAC): Chartered in 1981, IAC is recognized by AA as a special interest group. e IAC provides experience, strength and hope to the gay and les- bian members of AA. "Its purpose is not to isolate or separate ourselves from the mainstream of AA," the group's statement of purpose says. "We do not want being gay/lesbian to be a barrier to getting sober nor an excuse to get drunk." e IAC's website, www.iac-aa.org, has more information. AA World Services pamphlet, "A.A. and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic": Experience, strength and hope from sober gay and lesbian AAs points out that the tie that binds us all together is freedom from alcohol. Available as a PDF at www.aa.org. Grapevine 27