Sober gays will gather at EuroPride

Tony Grew June 6, 2008
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Special events for the thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans men and women in Europe who are in recovery from alcoholism will be held alongside this year’s EuroPride.

SoberPride is being held in Stockholm from July 31st to August 3rd, and is billed as “the fun way to celebrate our international fellowship in sobriety.”

There will be speakers, workshops, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and a range of social events, including “a sober dance featuring the groovy jams of Swedish disco pop, and a picnic at the gay beach on the Swedish archipelago.”

Among the workshops on offer will be Young & Sober, HIV+ in Recovery, Coming Out in Sobriety, Sober Over 40, Medications & Outside Issues, Higher Power and Now About Sex.

There will also be a meeting just for women, and one just for men.

The International Gay/Lesbian (GLBT) AA Convention has been organised by Gay AA in Stockholm and is not affiliated with EuroPride.

Recovering alcoholics from Canada, USA, France, Australia, Japan, Finland and Brazil are expected to attend.

“SoberPride is not only for everyone coming to EuroPride who wants to stay connected with AA, but also for everyone interested in living sober,” organisers said on their website.

“SoberPride is for everyone who absolutely insists on enjoying Pride (and everything in life) sober!

“Everyone is welcome: gay, lesbian, trans, straight, bisexual, queer.

“The meetings and workshops are lead by sober people who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

“Alcoholics Anonymous does not discriminate on any level. Our common welfare comes first; personal recovery depends on AA unity.

“SoberPride brings together the international community in recovery, with fun and fellowship, enjoying EuroPride sober!”

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