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Grapevine : May 2011
Because of the overwhelming number of responses to our February 2011 special issue theme, here are a few of the letters we’ve received. Honesty Set Him Free Thank you for your “Out” issue. I moved to Georgia and came to AA in 2007. I found a group but was sure I was the only gay man for miles around. I kept my sexuality pretty hidden until I was asked to share my story. I trusted in God and told them my honest story. It was the best experience of my sober life. I soon lost those fears about my sexuality and my own phobia to- ward others. I am proud to be a member of the best home group ever. Rick M. Lawrenceville, Ga. Who’s Special? The February Grapevine was the first issue I have ever thrown away. Usually, I save, reread and pass on the issue, and am dis- appointed that the front page is slanted toward “special interest groups.” What about the vegans? Is there a special issue for book fans, union workers, grocers, ex-army women, Jews, Catholics, Bud- dhists, dog or cat owners, cruise ship travelers, peo- ple the age of 32? It’s fine if a group wants to start their own meeting, but ought we cater to special interests on the front page of a publication that is for alcoholics? I don’t think that is fair or even wise. Anonymous Join Us at the Table When I joined AA over 37 years ago my gay friends had to attend under- ground AA meetings to discuss matters that the rest of us can talk about openly in most meetings. The Grapevine has opened the door a little wider for LGBT alcoholics, letting them know that they, too, have a place at the table in AA. For that, I thank you. Paul C. Oceanside, Calif. Tall and Steamed When I first received the February edition I was aghast at the gay subject. The next day I tried to read it again, after all “ac- ceptance” is our creed, but I could not continue. While I am a straight man, an unattractive man, and a tall man, why would I think an entire issue should be dedicated to my particular group? Please let’s stick to the topic of alcohol abuse, and forget the special interests of the few. I will just reread last month’s issue. Ted S. San Francisco, Calif. it’s Your moVe aagrapevine.org 5 GRAPE_4-6.indd 5 4/4/11 4:24 PM