"GSM IS THE BEST SOBER EVENT FOR GAY MEN IN RECOVERY" - participant

THE GSM CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE IS A GLOBAL GATHERING - WITH NO EQUIVALENT.

We offer specially curated programming like workshops and meetings, and the highly-produced events for fun, fellowship and top entertainment. Add to that the backdrop of Pride Weekend in New York City and you have the makings of an event that you’ll always remember. We are even having the big Saturday night event at Hard Rock Cafe Theater in Times Square!

 

Our events attract hundreds of fellows from not only all across the United States but from all over the world. From Brooklyn to Brazil, we have participants from everywhere. They flock to New York City because GSM offers more than the traditional conference or roundup experience that you may be used to. We offer a complete sober vacation! 

 

GSM is a fully-vaxxed event. The organizers are complying with all health and safety guidelines as recommended by the CDC and the State of New York. Click here for more details. 

 

Did you already register and you need to MODIFY your existing registration? Click the Register Now button and than click "ALREADY REGISTERED" and follow the steps. (from a mobile device: click "More". Then "Home". Then "Already Registered?".)

 

   

In 2022, We invite you and your friends to join in the celebration. We invite you to

 

 

 

GSM 2022

 

June 23rd - 26th, 2022  

 

EASY REGISTRATION 

Your ticket includes all four days of conference events and activities such as The Dance on the River – complete with fireworks, the roof top social, special entertainment, the Pride Parade and most importantly -- awe inspiring meetings and all 12 ground-breaking workshops. 

There are no refunds. Can't make it or have you changed your mind? Please click here to learn about your options.

If you are having trouble registering, please contact us

 

A PROGRAM BEYOND COMPARE

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The team has planned and curated another beautiful weekend. At GSM, our workshops are actual workshops. From classics like The 4th Step and The GSM Sex Workshop, to an eye-opening discussion on Ageism & Body Dysmorphia, we have an assortment of 12 unique and innovative workshops for you to partake in. At night, everyone comes together for our spectacular speaker meetings. After The Big Meeting on Saturday night, hold on to your seats for our specially invited entertainment. Headliners from previous conferences have been Bianca Del Rio, Sandra Bernhard and Margaret Cho. You're going to love it.

 

THE JOY OF LIVING

Each morning you will be offered health & wellness activities like a group run through Central Park and rooftop Yoga. Every night there is something fun planned. The Rooftop Social kicks off the weekend and is a great way to break the ice and get to know your fellows. Your GSM 2022 registration includes participation in The Pride Celebration on Pride Sunday. At The Pride Celebration, everyone in the LGBTQ community is invited to participate in a once in a lifetime moment by marching in the world’s largest Pride Parade. The best part of Gay & Sober's Pride Celebration is The Dance on the River - a floating high-energy dance party with fireworks and a world class DJ. This is a Pride experience not to be missed.  

 

THE HOST HOTEL IN THE HEART OF TIMES SQUARE

The Westin Times Square is an upscale conference hotel that features oversized rooms, countless amenities, a fitness center, and though it’s situated in the excitement of Times Square... once inside, it still manages to offer tranquil sanctuary. For GSM participants, there is a discounted room rate of $289.  Once you register for the conference, you will be sent a link to book your hotel room. Do you need a roommate at The Westin? CLICK HERE. You need to reserve your room by June 1st.

 

Your journey to New York won't leave you spending every moment on hotel property; GSM is not that kind of a conference or roundup. Each night of the conference, we will take you on an adventure to experience the best neighborhoods of New York City. For 2022, all of our workshops will be on hotel property. And at night, we will caravan to our nightly big meetings and events around the city.  

 

We've even taken extra care to find the "best of New York" restaurants that are nearby, affordable, and convenient to all of our activities, venues and hotel. Last year, many of our participants found fun exploring the neighborhood for fellowship eats. We encourage you to have some fun - take some selfies and enjoy yourselves. Have an adventure in sobriety! 

 

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

Our goal is for you to have an unforgettable weekend. GSM 2022 will help you create a stronger foundation in your recovery. You will connect with other fellows in ways you never thought possible and will develop the kind of relationships and memories that will stand the test of time. 

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After you register for the conference, you will be sent a link to book your discounted hotel room. The host hotel is the place to be on Pride Weekend! $289 per night. Get a roommate to share the costs.

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Traditional King Room Sleeps up to 2 people. *$289 per night Plus taxes *Based on availability. No deposit required to book your room.

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Free weights, strength training, and cardio equipment. 24 hours a day

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After you register for the conference, you will be sent a link to book your discounted hotel room. The host hotel is the place to be on Pride Weekend! $289 per night. Get a roommate to share the costs.

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 THE AGENDA 

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THURSDAY JUNE 23

the ride
1:30pm

MUST RSVP! 

A new immersive experience!
See midtown Manhattan with a talent-filled, comedic, customized tour.

1st Bus Departs at 1:30pm

2nd Bus Departs at 1:45pm

3rd Bus Departs at 2:00pm 

  

Happy Man

New York City

Andy

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thursday june 23

the welcome meeting
8pm

Doors open at 7:30pm. 

In Memoriam, Over the Rainbow 

by specially invited artist.

AA Speaker Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER:

Mike L. from Flagstaff, Arizona

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Flagstaff, Arizona

Mike

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friday June 24

midnight meeting

12am

A more intimate meeting where you can share with your fellows. All are welcome.

12-Step meeting format.

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby.

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St. Louis

Todd

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friday June 24

time out

meditation

8am

Morning meditation to start the day. Each morning session will focus on a different technique. 

(silent/guided/active)

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Atlanta

Micah

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friday June 24

lunch break

11:30am

Check out all of the great and fun restaurants in Hell's Kitchen!  Make sure to invite fellows traveling on their own. That's how we take care of each other at GSM. 

For a list of restaurants: click here. 

Smiling Teenage Boy

New York City

Mike

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friday June 24

ageism & body dysmorphia
3:30pm

This session explores a creative way to explore self-acceptance with all the variations of age, size, and sex. Recovery includes respecting and embracing differences in others to create a healthy affirming community.  

This will be an interactive, creative workshop. 

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Asbury Park, NJ.

Phil McCabe CSW, CAS

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friday June 24

rooftop pool party
10pm

Have some fun. Enjoy the views.

Make a splash in the pool.                No judgements!

Light food and drink will be served. 

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Houston

Mario

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saturday June 25

rooftop yoga
8am

RSVP. All levels are welcome for morning rooftop yoga at this classic Broadway theater directly across the street from the hotel. 

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby at 7:45

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New York City

Michael Becker

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SATURday June 25

fourth step workshop
10am

The former Director of The Addiction Institute brings thought-provoking tools and insight into one of the most important steps in the 12 step recovery model.  Get started with the Joe and Charlie Worksheets!

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New York City

Kevin H., CASAC, LCSW

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saturday June 25

financial workshop
1:30pm

Our facilitators will share their journeys to financial sobriety. 

 

The focus of this workshop will be on the tools to achieve financial sobriety.

With Kent from Palm Springs

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Durham, NC.

Don

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saturday June 25

gratitude reception
7pm

A special party on top of the Marquee at the Hard Rock Cafe for major donors, for committee chairs and co-chairs, and for delegates that went above and beyond with fundraising, raffle tickets, or getting their friends to register. This is how we thank them for a year's worth of hard work and  commitment to make this conference possible. 

Limited capacity. Invite only. 

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Tri-State

Mark & Logan

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saturday June 25 

the raffle
10:30pm

Win big at our annual raffle! Prizes from Apple, The Rolling Stones, Marshall, and Disney! 

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Trenton, Ohio

Kyle

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sunday June 26

bagel breakfast

9:30am

For today's biggest day, load up on carbs, fruit, coffee, and orange juice. We draw you in with free food in the hopes that you'll participate in the yearly elections!

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Houston

Mario

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sunday June 26

parade

viewing social

12pm

For those who would prefer to relax and watch the parade go by, we have set up a friendly space with coffee drinks and snacks available for purchase. Air-conditioned. 

*for registered participants only

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Houston

Mario

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THURSDAY JUNE 23

orientation 101
4pm

First time at GSM? Join our program team for this orientation session, where you'll learn how to make the most of your conference experience. We will share experiences on everything from participating in the workshops to what to expect on Pride Sunday. We will also offer an opportunity to connect with a mentor alumni from previous GSM Conferences. 

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New York City

Mitch - Conference Chair

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THURSday June 23

stand-up comic
9:30pm

After the meeting ends, stay in your seats and get ready to laugh your ass off with our Emmy award nominated writer and stand-up comic. Dewayne Perkins was named Comedy Central's "Up Next" comedians, and was a finalist for NBC's Stand Up!

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Los Angeles

Dewayne Perkins

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friday June 24

morning glory run
8am

All levels welcome. We will break you into a group for a light joggers and a group for the speedy queens. Goes up Times Square, through Central Park and back to the hotel lobby. 

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby.

Active Man

New York City

Jerry

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friday June 24

relapse panel 
10am

A moderated panel discussion with participants that have a range of short to long lengths of sobriety. All panelists have relapse(s) as part of their recovery. 

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Cincinatti

Kyle

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FRIday June 24 

dating & relationships 
1:30pm

This workshop, led by Gestalt and sex addiction Therapist, Stu Fenton, is a GSM favorite. Groups will work on issues of dating apps, kink/fetish, and breakups in sobriety.  

With Sterling W. from Los Angeles

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Melbourne, AUS

Stu Fenton

M.A. Gestalt, CSAT

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friday June 24

dinner break

5pm

Check out all of the great and fun restaurants in Hell's Kitchen!  Make sure to invite fellows traveling on their own. That's how we take care of each other at GSM. 

For a list of restaurants: click here. 

Happy Man

New York City

Mike

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SATURday June 25

midnight meeting
12am

A more intimate meeting where you can share with your fellows. All are welcome.

12-Step meeting format.

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby.

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New York City

Logan

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saturday June 25

time out meditation

8am

Morning meditation to start the day. Each morning session will focus on a different technique. 

(silent/guided/active)

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Atlanta

Micah

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saturday June 25

lunch break

11:30am

Check out all of the great and fun restaurants in Hell's Kitchen!  Make sure to invite fellows traveling on their own. That's how we take care of each other at GSM. 

For a list of restaurants: click here.

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New York City

Mike

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saturday June 25

keynote speaker 
3:30pm

Founder of Blue Tiger Recovery, Terry Gatewood, shares his story and professional insight of being a gay and sober man. His talk will explore sexual abstinence vs sexual anorexia in recovery.  

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Palm Springs

Terry Gatewood

LCSW, CSAT, SEP

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saturday June 25

the big meeting

8pm

Doors open at 7:30pm. 

We are headed to the Hard Rock for this special speaker meeting. 

Sobriety Countdown!

AA & AL-ANON Speaker Meeting

Guest Speaker:

Spencer P. from New York City

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New York City

Spencer

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saturday June 25

gear party
11:30pm

Join other participants that are into leather and gear. This intimate gathering will be in our Chairman's suite.

Light food and drinks will be served. 

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New York City

Mitch

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sunday June 26

elections

10:30am

Get a chance to get involved and help us plan the next conference. There are tons of service opportunities and something for everyone. At GSM, we are family!

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Houston

Mario

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sunday June 26

dinner break

5pm

We recommend grabbing a quick bite near the ship or near the hotel. Many fellows like Gotham Market.

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New York City

Christian

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THURSDAY June 23

dinner break
5pm

Check out all of the great and fun restaurants in Hell's Kitchen!  Make sure to invite fellows traveling on their own. That's how we take care of each other at GSM. 

 

For a list of restaurants: click here. 

Fashion Model

San Francisco

Sébastien

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thursday june 23

rooftop scavenger social
10:15pm

Dance the night away and get to know your fellows and win a prize if you win the game. Light food & drinks are included - the view of the Times Square Ball and 42nd Street makes a perfect selfie! 

Special guest DJ: Derek Montiero

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Houston

Mario

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friday June 24

rooftop yoga
8am

RSVP. All levels are welcome for morning rooftop yoga at this classic Broadway theater directly across the street from the hotel. 

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby at 7:45

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New York City

Michael Becker

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friday June 24

the traditions
10am

How to bring unity to your home group by the application and better understanding of the twelve traditions. How much do you know?

Play Traditions Jeopardy!

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New York City

Ava

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friday June 24 

from shame and stigma to strength and hope
1:30pm

Our stories can be incredibly powerful tools for our recovery, yet many reflect shame and stigma or even childhood trauma. How do we unleash the positive power of stories buried within each of us? Let’s discover and discus ways to tap into the potential that exists within us for progress in our recovery journeys.

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Minneapolis

Tom Hegblom

Phd, LPC, LADC

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friday June 24

the opening meeting
8pm

Doors open at 7:30pm. 

Welcome to the most rockin' meeting you've ever been to!

Roll Call of states and countries!

CMA Speaker Meeting 

Guest Speaker:

Joe G. from San Francisco

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San Francisco

Joe

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saturday June 25

morning glory run
8am

All levels welcome. We will break you into a group for a light joggers and a group for the speedy queens. Goes up Times Square, through Central Park and back to the hotel lobby. 

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby.

Active Man

New York City

Jerry

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SATURday June 25

racial and ethnic diversity in recovery
10am

Come and hear a variety of personal lived experiences about racial and ethnic diversity in recovery from our panelists from across the country and around the world.

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Seattle

Wakefield

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saturday June 25

the sex workshop - panel
1:30pm

The author of Lust, Men, and Meth, David Fawcett joins therapist, Stu Fenton for a Q&A with panelists that have worked in the sex industry. 

Kink and fetish practices will also be explored.  

 

With adult film industry professionals, Dominic Pacifico and Josh Brady

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Fort Lauderdale

David Fawcett, PhD 

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saturday June 25

dinner break

5pm

Check out all of the great and fun restaurants in Hell's Kitchen!  Make sure to invite fellows traveling on their own. That's how we take care of each other at GSM. 

For a list of restaurants: click here.

Young Man

New York City

Mike

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saturday June 25

the big show

9:30pm

All we are permitted to say is that "you're going to love it!"  For registered participants only! 

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Paris

Sean

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sUNday June 26

midnight meeting
12am

A more intimate meeting where you can share with your fellows. All are welcome.

12-Step meeting format.

Meet up at 2nd floor lobby.

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New York City

Mike

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sUNday June 26

the march!
12pm

The NYC Pride March is the largest pride parade in the world. Be proud of who you are. March with your fellows. Dance in the streets. All are welcome. LGBTQ+ inclusive. Special DJ on our double decker bus. 

Special guest DJ: Karin Ward

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New York City

DJ Karin Ward

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sunday June 26

the dance 
on the river cruise
7:30pm

All are welcome at the best sober dance party in the country! LGBTQ+ inclusive. Food and drink available on board for purchase.

Fireworks spectacular.

Special guest DJ: Derek Montiero

Included with your registration. We do sell tickets to to non-conference participants for this night only. 

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New York City

Mitch