Friday: Gender Identity and the Preamble

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women (PEOPLE) who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. 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 primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

The Preamble of the fellowship has been used since its inception. And it is read at every meeting one attends anywhere in the world.

The Month of October saw new members in the chair.

The Friday meeting is the most popular meeting during the week. And it is the only meeting of its kind in the city, on either side of the language partition. With that said, many of our young people range across the Gender Identity Spectrum.

Many of our visitors every week, are mostly young people, from all walks of life. And we know for sure that Gender identity IS a topic among our young people and we respect and acknowledge this fact.

As the group GSR, it is my responsibility to chair the monthly business meeting.

We have a very healthy group, membership wise. And on any given Friday night, we seat nearly 50 people in a split for discussion, of As Bill Sees It.

At our business meeting, the young man who has been chairing for the month put forth the motion to update and rewrite the familiar A.A. Preamble, to recognize Gender Identity, as it presents itself at our meeting.

As is new business, each item of discussion is put on the table and listed in the minutes of the meeting. This item of discussion was seconded by several members sitting around the table. We tabled the motion as new business, and the discussion will continue into November, where the motion will be voted on to either retain the former Preamble as it is, OR to rewrite it to reflect the changing Gender Identity of our group as a whole.

Since the face of the fellowship is changing and from the responses that we get on a weekly basis, of the book and readings themselves, the issue of Gender Identity has been front and center for a while now.

We will be discussing this change properly as a group in the coming weeks. And when the discussion comes to a vote, we will know how the Group Conscience sits on the issue of Gender Identity.

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