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The History of Gay Meetings and other Special Purpose Meetings in AA

Thursday 1st January 1970

Discover the fascinating history of AA's special purpose groups in this informative episode of the 12 Step Recovery Podcast. Enhance your recovery with messages of experience, strength, and hope, available on
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The History of Gay and Other Special Purpose Meetings in AA: The 12 Step Recovery Podcast Episode 3 of 4

More than just sobriety, bill w took a visit to Boston in 1950. So in 1971, with Bill's blessing, Queer AA came to Boston.
The 12 Step Recovery Podcast's third episode of their four-part series delves into the history of special purpose meetings in AA. Jackie B. shares her research on the early underserved populations, including women, African Americans, and the LGBTQI community. The episode explores the progress made by the gay community in the Roaring 1920s, the challenges they faced during the stock market crash, and the police harassment and assault on gay bars.
Listeners learn about the 13th Step and early women's groups, as well as the formation of Queer AA in Boston with Bill W.'s blessing. The episode also touches on the socioeconomic segregation that can affect the racial demographics of meetings in urban versus suburban neighborhoods. The Amos List is discussed, and the theory of early gay members is examined.
The article ends with a call-to-action, encouraging readers to listen to the episode now on and enhance their recovery with messages of experience, strength, and hope.