History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous: From the Beginning

History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous: From the Beginning

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by Audrey Borden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 078903039X

ISBN-13: 9780789030399

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous documents and honors the ways thousands of LGBT people have carried Alcoholics Anonymous' message. This illuminating chronicle includes interviews and documents that detail the compelling history, recovery, and wisdom of gay people in AA. The book examines the challenges AA faced as the fellowship endeavored

Overview

The History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous documents and honors the ways thousands of LGBT people have carried Alcoholics Anonymous' message. This illuminating chronicle includes interviews and documents that detail the compelling history, recovery, and wisdom of gay people in AA. The book examines the challenges AA faced as the fellowship endeavored to become a more inclusive and cohesive community. The first-person accounts narrate the important work of influential gay and straight AA members that led key events in AA’s history. The author includes material on the steps and traditions of AA, and on becoming an ally to LGBT people on the road to recovery.

Topics in The History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous include:

  • the gay origins of AA’s Third Tradition
  • a comparison of treatments for alcoholism and homosexuality
  • compelling portraits of sober gay life in the 1950s and 1960s
  • the debate in AA over meetings for gay alcoholics
  • interviews with members and co-founders of the first gay AA meetings
  • the history of the first gay AA/Al-Anon conference
  • interviews with pioneering gay addiction professionals
  • the history of AA pamphlet “AA and the Gay/Lesbian Alcoholic”
  • Alcoholics Together, and why a parallel AA organization for gay alcoholics formed in southern California
  • strategies AA’s gay members developed to make their meetings simultaneously safe and public—and why some of them are still necessary today
  • much more
The History of Gay People in Alcoholics Anonymous is an enlightening book for members of the LGBT and heterosexual recovering community, alcoholism and addiction professionals, as well as physicians, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clergy, historians, sociologists, educators, students, and anyone interested in learning more about AA or this aspect of the community’s history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789030399
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I: From the Beginning: 1935-1970
Chapter 1. The Recovering Gay Community
Chapter 2. The Gay Origins of AA's Third Tradition
Chapter 3. Alcoholism and Homosexuality: A Brief History of Treatment
Chapter 4. Five Views of Sober Gay Life in the Fifties and Sixties
Chapter 5. Finding AA: Groups, Directories, and the First Gay Meeting
Chapter 6. Printer's Ink: A Conversation with Nancy T.
Chapter 7. Special Purpose Groups and the Debate Over Meetings for Gay Alcoholics in AA
Part II: Building Sober Communities: 1970-2004
Chapter 8. Washington D.C.
Chapter 9. New York
Chapter 10. New Jersey
Chapter 11. We Never Looked Back: A Conversation with NALGAP Co-Founders Drs. Dana Finnegan and Emily McNally
Chapter 12. San Francisco
Chapter 13. AA's Pamphlet for Gay and Lesbian Alcoholics
Chapter 14. Stories from Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Illinois, and Texas
Chapter 15. On Our Way: A Conversation with Lillene Fifield
Chapter 16. Pass It On: Ali M. (Santa Rosa, California)
Chapter 17. Side by Side: Alcoholics Together in Southern California
Chapter 18. A Few Conclusions (and Mysteries Solved)
Appendix A. The Steps and Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous
Appendix B. List of Narrators
Appendix C. Becoming Allies
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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