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

NYC Pride Weekend - June 27th - 30th, 2024

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

GSM has evolved to serve a broader spectrum of participants. We welcome transmale, queer boy, gender fluid, and non-binary people - in addition to cis gay men. In short, if you identify with gay male culture, you will LOVE the event. 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 a special venue!

 

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! 

   

In 2024, We invite you and your friends to join in the celebration. We invite you to

 

 

 

June 27th - 30th, 2024  

 

EASY REGISTRATION 

Your $300 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 ground-breaking workshops. Gay YPAA has officially become a host.  

For information on scholarships, click here.

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

If you are having trouble registering, please contact us

 

Did you already register and you need to MODIFY your itinerary? Click the Register Now button and than click "ALREADY REGISTERED" and follow the steps. 

 

A PROGRAM BEYOND COMPARE

The team has planned and curated another beautiful weekend. At GSM, our workshops are actual workshops. From classics like Common Ground and The GSM Sex Workshop, to an eye-opening discussion with LGBTQ cultural leaders,  we have an assortment of several 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 Marianne Williamson, Marc Jacobs, 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 or 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 2024 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 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, the discounted room rate is $299 per night ($145 if you get a roommate).  There is a Resort/Destination Fee for GSM bookings - at checkout, the fee will be removed from your final bill. Once you register for the conference, you will be sent a confirmation email. The deadline to reserve your room and request a roommate is May 1st. The discount hotel booking link is emailed to all participants in the spring. So DO NOT BOOK SOMEWHERE ELSE TO STAY. WAIT FOR THAT EMAIL. YOU WANT TO BE AT THE HOST HOTEL. 

 

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 2024, 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 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 2024 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. Click here for participant testimonials. 

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The Agenda

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Thursday June 27

orientation 101
4pm

First time at GSM? Join our Program team 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 planning your most memorable Pride Sunday. We will also offer an opportunity to connect with a mentor alumni from previous GSM Conferences. 

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Mario

Houston

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Thursday June 27

the comic
9:30pm

Kick off your Pride Weekend with our stand-up comic. Her raunchy brand of story-telling has been featured at The Comedy Store and Carolines on Broadway. She has worked with legendary comics Andrew Dice Clay and Paul Mooney. Find her new album "Brutally Yours" on all streaming platforms!

Microphone

TBA

TBA

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Friday June 28

morning glory run
10am

Meet up in the 2nd floor lobby of

The Westin.

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.  (4 miles)

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Leo

New York City

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Friday June 28

mental health workshop
1:30pm

Making the decision to give recovery a try can feel too big for those of us who feel safer in the "comfortable misery" of addiction over the fear of the unknown. The question becomes are we ready for freedom - to live life on life's terms, free from the bondage of addiction, shame, and/or judgment?

 

This interactive workshop led by HBFF counselors supporting LGBTQIA+ programming will examine common barriers to recovery including but not limited to, body image, love and dating, and toxic masculinity. 

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Steven

Sarasota

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FRIDAY June 28

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 dining recommendations, visit the Event Info section of the Gay & Sober App or www.gayandsober.org/eats

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Robbie

New York City

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Friday June 28

midnight meeting
12am

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

All fellowships are welcome. 

12-Step meeting format

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Mario

Houston

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Saturday June 29

service luncheon
11:30am

RSVP for a luncheon where you will get a chance to learn about conference service and get a chance to get involved for the next one.  

 

For other dining recommendations, visit the Event Info section of the Gay & Sober App or www.gayandsober.org/eats

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Christian

New York City

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Saturday June 29

keynote speaker
3:30pm

Last summer, GSM invited Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, the 

internationally renowned fashion designer Marc Jacobs to share his thoughts on creativity and success in sobriety.

There will be time for audience Q&A.

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Steven

Vancouver

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Saturday June 29

the big show
9:30pm

All we are allowed to say is that you are going to love it. Past GSM performers have been Bianca Del Rio, Sandra Bernhard, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, and Level Up!  

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Mario

Houston

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Saturday June 29

midnight meeting
12am

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

All fellowships are welcome. 

12-Step meeting format

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Mario

Houston

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Sunday June 30

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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Robbie

New York City

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Thursday June 27

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 dining recommendations, visit the Event Info section of the Gay & Sober App or www.gayandsober.org/eats

Drag Queen Makeup

Robbie

New York City

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Thursday June 27

the ride!
10:15pm

A new immersive experience!

See midtown Manhattan at night with a talent-filled, comedic, customized super tour.

Drop off by 11:30pm / MUST RSVP 

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Carlos

Dallas

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Friday June 28

meditation experience
10am

An open high-energy meditation experience for all fellowships that focuses on the various spiritual practices and tools in sobriety. Led by Certified International Motivational Speaker, Bruce Brackett! 

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Bruce Brackett

Pennsylvania

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Friday June 28

the dating workshop
1:30pm

This reimagined workshop is a conference favorite. We've invited author and psychotherapist Ken Page from Deeper Dating® to present on the search for love. As seen on Oprah®.

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Ken Page, LCSW

New York City

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Friday June 28

the opening meeting
8pm

Speaker meeting for all participants. All fellowships are welcomed. 

 

Roll Call from different states and countries! 

CMA Speaker Meeting

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David

Los Angeles

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Saturday June 29

morning yoga
10am

Meet up in the 2nd floor lobby of

The Westin.

All levels welcome. 

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Michael Becker

New York City

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Saturday June 29

the sex workshop
1:30pm

This reimagined workshop will focus on how to manage sex in recovery. Hopefully answering the important questions of how to get back into sex without compromising one's recovery. 

 

There will also be a panel discussion with Q&A from the audience.  

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Dr. David Fawcett PhD

Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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Saturday June 29

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 dining recommendations, visit the Event Info section of the Gay & Sober App or www.gayandsober.org/eats

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Robbie

New York City

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Saturday June 29

the raffle
10pm

Win big at our famous luxury raffle! Prizes from Apple, Gucci, Dior, and Ralph Lauren! 

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Will

San Diego

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Sunday June 30

the pride parade
12pm

The NYC Pride March is the largest pride parade in the world. Be proud of who you are, march with your fellows, and dance in the streets!! All are welcome. LGBTQ+ inclusive. Special DJ Eric James will provide the party from our double decker bus.

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DJ MITCH FERRINO

New York City

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Sunday June 30

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 Eric James

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

CIRCLE LINE, W. 42ND AND THE HUDSON RIVER.  

BIRTH 1 SOUTH

LINE UP STARTS AT 7PM

The boat will return to the dock at 11pm.

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DJ Eric James

Atlanta

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Thursday June 27

welcome meeting
8pm

Speaker meeting for all participants. All fellowships are welcomed. 

 

In Memoriam, 

“Over the Rainbow”, performed by special artist

AA Speaker Meeting

*This meeting is open to all. GSM participants get seated first.

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Micah

Las Vegas

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Thursday June 27

midnight meeting
12am

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

All fellowships are welcome. 

12-Step meeting format

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Mario

Houston

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Friday June 28

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 dining recommendations, visit the Event Info section of the Gay & Sober App or www.gayandsober.org/eats

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Robbie

New York City

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Friday June 28

communal workshop
3:30pm

This insightful and powerful workshop will invite the participants to take a close look at the ways in which we are all similar, yet unique, from each other. By bridging the gap between other’s differences, you feel the profound effect of compassion and empathy grow within you, which instills greater serenity in your sobriety. 

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Joe Smith

New York City

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Friday June 28

rooftop pool party
10pm

Have some fun. Get to know your fellows. Dance the night away. Make a splash in the pool. 

No judgments! Light food and drink will be served.

Headphones

DJ LEENA

New York City

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Saturday June 29

meditation experience
10am

An open high-energy meditation experience for all fellowships that focuses on the various spiritual practices and tools in sobriety. Led by Certified International Motivational Speaker, Bruce Brackett! 

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Bruce Brackett

Pennsylvania

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Saturday June 29

diversity
workshop
1:30pm

Explore the issues facing queer people of color in the rooms of recovery. Learn how to create community for marginalized groups.   

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Dr. Smith

New York City

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Saturday June 29

the big meeting
8pm

Speaker meeting for all participants. All fellowships are welcomed. 

Sobriety countdown! 

AA/AL-Anon Speaker Meeting

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Michael

Austin

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Saturday June 29

costumed play party
11:30pm

What look defines you? Drag? Leather Gear? Wear whatever you like and get to know your fellows at a scavenger game.

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Anthony

New York City

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Sunday June 30

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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Erik

San Diego

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