There are Many Gay Meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous
If you’re new in the rooms or just new to the area, you’re probably wondering how to meet other gay members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Though they have a mix of friendly people at regular AA meetings, gay meetings are like other gender-specific meetings (such as women’s and men’s meetings). These kinds of meetings are a good place to connect with people in recovery who share some of the same kinds of issues based on sexual orientation.
It’s safer to share about certain topics at a gender/ sexual orientation-specific meeting. Also, these meetings are great places to make new friends and maybe find a sponsor. As always, we strongly recommend avoiding all romantic relationships in the first year of sobriety and especially be aware of people looking to practice “13 stepping” in AA meetings you attend as a newcomer.
Gay AA Meetings in The Oldest Church Building Still in Use in Orange County!
Gay Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in Santa Ana are held on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah. “Messiah” is located downtown at the corner of Civic Center Drive and Bush Street(614 N Bush St, Santa Ana, CA 92701). It’s the oldest church building in Orange County which is still in use as a church congregation. AA meetings are held downstairs in the dining hall.
Episcopal Church of the Messiah
You can access the group through the Bush Street entrance, and it isn’t hard to find because there’s usually a few friendly faces hanging out in front of the entrance right before the meeting and during the break.
The Monday night meeting is a Big Book study where all are welcome and there’s usually a large friendly group of both women and men. Tuesday night is a men’s meeting. Coffee is served at both meetings and you will find a welcoming mix of old-timers and newcomers in these rooms.
Laguna Beach Gay Alcoholics Anonymous: Meet Weeknights in a Beautiful Locale
One great feature of attending a meeting in Laguna Beach is that wherever you go in this lovely beachside town you’ll only be a few blocks from one of the most scenic and beautiful coastlines in the world. Since meetings are held here in the late evenings, it’s a great place to go if you’ve had a hard day at work and you need somewhere to sit and meditate or just connect with the natural beauty of your surroundings before attending the meeting. You could stop and enjoy the sunset and maybe get something to eat or a cup of coffee before the meeting, and it’s a great place to meet with a sponsor or sponsee.
Monday Night Book Study – at the Pacific Coast Recovery Center – There’s a Gay AA meeting Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. at the Mission Hospital Group recovery center (31872 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)
Tuesday Night Men’s Meeting – There’s a 7:30 p.m. men’s meeting on Tuesday nights located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Laguna Beach (429 Cypress Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)
Wednesday Night Men’s – This 8:00 p.m. closed gay men’s participation meeting is located at 21632 Wesley Drive at the corner of Wesley and Pacific Coast Highway in the basement of the Laguna Beach United Methodist Church. The beautiful church building is within easy viewing distance of the sunset over the ocean (21632 Wesley Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651)
Friday Night Closed – Another meeting at this church located on the scenic corner of Wesley Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, this 8:00 p.m. gay meeting is open to both men and women. The “Closed” label refers to the fact that the meeting is for identifying alcoholics only. (21632 Wesley Dr, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
True Colors Meeting on Monday Nights in Fullerton
True Colors is an open gay meeting held at 8:00 p.m. at the Fullerton Alano club. The Fullerton Alano is located near downtown Fullerton, which makes it a great place to catch a meeting after shopping, dining out or just taking a walk through the scenic old downtown district. (530 W Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832)
Costa Mesa Thursday Nights Men’s Candlelight Group
This candlelight men’s stag is held at 7:30 p.m. at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, located on West Baker Street in Costa Mesa. (1701 Baker St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626).
Anaheim Wednesday Night Gay Men’s Group
This men’s group is held at 8:00 p.m. at the at the Oasis Drug Treatment Center (222 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92805)
Mainstream AA is Also Open to Gay Participants
Even though gay AA meetings are great, to have balanced recovery you may also branch out and attend regular meetings where everybody is welcome regardless of gender/sexual orientation.
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Orange County is a great area for Alcoholics Anonymous, with thousands of meetings to choose from. For information on meetings in your area today, visit the official Orange County AA website, or visit these articles: