Established in 1976, WRLS is the oldest and longest continuously held LGBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous conference in the world.
The first Western Roundup Living Sober (WRLS) was held June 25-27 at the Student Union Building, San Francisco State University. 198 people attended that year. The conference has been held every year since.
The 1976 Western Roundup was founded by a core group of five people: Don H., Bob H., Moss, Jim P. and Louis D. The idea for the conference was inspired by a one-day AA conference in Sacramento, CA that was attended by several of the founding core members. An interview was held in 1995 with co-founder Bob H. and can be found online soon.
The conference has grown into a three-day event, and at its height, attendance exceeded 5,000 people. Living Sober has inspired the founding of over fifteen LGBT Roundups in the US and Canada, and others around the world.
If you attended past years’ Western Roundup/Living Sober conferences and have archival material that you would like to donate to the archive (especially from 1976-1982 and 2000-2005), or to share experiences you had at one or more of the Living Sober conferences, please click here to send email to the Archives Committee. We would be pleased to receive these materials and help make you part of the archive project.