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Grapevine : May 2011
No More Fear The intolerance and intimidation I had expe- rienced in the outside world kept me from open- ing up about myself when I first entered AA. Those fears were assuaged, as I was welcomed into the Fellowship, and truly shown that “love and tolerance of others is our code.” After two years, I count the members of my home group among my closest and dearest friends. Whit G. Memphis, Tenn. Against the Traditions While I do not think that this letter will be ac- cepted for print, it does not matter. I still feel that I must write in and speak my thoughts. We adhere to the Twelve Traditions, do we not? As well as the AA Preamble stating, “AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.” Our Tradi- tions One, Two, Six and Ten also seems to have been overlooked by Febru- ary’s issue. It sounds as if I’m a book thumper, but my pain with what I have read is real. Anonymous You Are Not Alone It was fantastic to see and read this issue! Be- ing in a non-mainstream subculture in AA can have its added stress and having this Grapevine issue helped enormously! Thank you so much for this courageous move! Mary P. E. Fairmouth, Mass. No One Is Different When I receive my Grapevine I look forward to reading messages of experience, strength and hope. Being gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender . .. this is an outside is- sue. Someone’s sexual orientation, skin color or gender is not “the mes- sage” of AA. I would enjoy reading future Grapevines that focus on the unifying idea that we are just alcohol- ics ... nothing more ... not Native Americans in AA, not women in AA, not whatever in AA.... Thanks. Just Another MeMber of Alcoholics AnonyMous Talking Cures Us People’s sexual orienta- tion may be outside AA’s mission, but their stories of how to get and stay so- ber while living with those issues and coping in a world largely hostile to them, surely are not. All of us are trying to solve the “something outside me has to fix me” problem, and part of the cure is talking about it, whatever it is. Hats off to those with the courage to tell their stories in the Grapevine, and to the magazine for printing them. Alan P. St. Cloud 6 May 2011 GRAPE_4-6.indd 6 4/4/11 4:24 PM