In 1969, in Los Angeles, a group of seven gay alcoholics met to establish an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting that provided an environment affirming LGBT identity.
They attempted to have their meeting listed in the Los Angeles AA directory; however, AA would not recognize any “closed,” meeting, such as a gay/lesbian only meeting. The organizers subscribed to AA tenets, traditions, and meeting format with the permission of AA, however AA requested that the meeting not use the Alcoholic Anonymous name.
AA did allow the use of their materials and guidelines, only requesting a credit line on copies. The organizers subsequently chose the name “Alcoholics Together” also known as AT. In 1971, the organization opened the “AT Center” a location for meetings, AT meetings quickly expanded and unaffiliated AT meetings spread nationally.
The AT Center continues to provide a space for a variety of meetings for the LGBT community and inclusively, the general recovery community.
The purpose of the AT Center is to help alcoholic/addicted LGBT gain permanent remission of their disease, recover their lives and realize healthy, harmonious and prideful relationships with themselves, their lovers, families, friends and communities.
The AT Center seeks to “treat” alcohol and otherwise-addicted LGBT through the peer counseling tools of fellowship and affiliation, the hallmarks of the 12-steps Program Movement. The results of treatment are sobriety, rehabilitation and the breaking of old, addiction-centered socialization patterns.