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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Organizations for Big Folks

This document contains information about organizations that support
size-acceptance or exist specifically for fat people. If you don't find
what you're looking for here, try one of the related FAQs (see
question B1 for a complete list).

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Updated May 01

Contents

SECTION A: FAQ about organizations that promote size-acceptance or exist
specifically for fat people
A1) What organizations are there in Australia?
A2) What organizations are there in Canada?
A3) What organizations are there in Europe?
A4) What organizations are there in New Zealand?
A5) What organizations are there in the U.K.?
A6) What organizations are there in the U.S.?

SECTION B: Information about this FAQ
B1) Are there other related FAQs?
B2) Posting information
B3) Contributors

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SECTION A: FAQ about organizations that promote size-acceptance or exist
specifically for fat people

A1) What organizations are there in Australia?


Abundance
Email: zyn...@excite.com
Web site: http://www.geocities.com/zynnya/abundance.html

BBW-Downunder
Contact: Shazz
25 Settlers Crescent
Bligh Park NSW 2756 Australia
Phone: 61 2 4574 1181
Email: sh...@bigfoot.com
Web: http://www.geocities.com/bbw_downunder/
Australian Resources and Activism. No membership fee.

Women At Large
Contact: Kathy Sandow
12 Chancery Ln
Hawthorndene, SA 5051
Phone: 278-6499 (ask the operator for the country and area codes)
Size rights activist group

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A2) What organizations are there in Canada?

Canada WYDE -- The Canadian Association for Size Acceptance
PO Box 511-99 Dalhousie St.
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2N2
Phone: (416) 861-0217
Web site: http://www.interlog.com/~cdawyde/
Non-profit charity. "CASA is the Spanish and Italian word for
house. Size acceptance begins at and within the home."
Magazine, social events, phone counselling by Helena Spring, RN,
marketplace info. Helena Spring is also the NAAFA Eastern Canada
coordinator. CW is planning an INDD celebration in Toronto.

Deesses Montreal (Montreal Goddess Collective)
Contact: Anuska Garcia
Email: s...@alcor.concordia.ca
Bilingual support/resource group for larger women in the greater
Montreal area.

Hugs International, Inc.
Linda Omichinsky, RD
Box 102 A, RR #3
Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Canada R1N 3A3
Work Phone: (204) 428-3432
Home Phone: (204) 428-3432
International organization with 30 licensees in North America.
Non-diet workshops, newsletter, video. Linda Omichinsky is
Canada coordinator for International No Diet Day.

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A3) What organizations are there in Europe?

Allegro Fortissimo
26, Rue de la Vega
75012 Paris, France
Phone (from the U.S.): 011-3345-405-52-00
Web: http://home.worldnet.fr/~abenk/index.htm
Organization whose goals include bringing better health care,
more equitable employment, and better understanding towards
large persons. Members have weekly support meetings, exercise
and performance art classes, and more. They also have a line of
clothing: Allegro Fortissimo Plus in sizes 14W-40W.

Bond van Formaat (Society of Size)
Postbus 10145
1301 AC Almere
Netherlands
tel: 036-5366975
web: http://huizen.dds.nl/~formaat/
The Society of Size is based on the size-acceptance activities
of NAAFA. It was founded in 1994. The main goals of the Society
of Size are helping fat people to gain self-acceptance and
self-confidence; helping other people to understand
fat-acceptance, i.e., removing the prejuces many people have
about fat people; and protesting the weight-loss industry. They
publish a newsletter in Dutch.

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A4) What organizations are there in New Zealand?

Size Up Wise Up (14/16 Proportions Plus)
Cathy M Baker
Managing Director
Fashion and Interior Design College of New Zealand
PO Box 539
Christchurch
Phone: (03) 365-1578
Phone: (03) 379-2310
Yearly campaign subscription is $NZ25, $NZ10 for students,
superannuitants, and solo mothers.
National support/pressure group for changing public perception
of women's sizes and for girls and women wanting more choice
and style when purchasing clothes over size 14.

Women Unlimited ... by size or diets
PO Box 16143
Wellington South
Celia James
Shell Hancox
Phone: (04) 380-8066
Email: celia...@vuw.ac.nz or pet...@central.co.nz
Their aims are to promote size-acceptance in women encompassing
all body shapes and sizes, to lobby government and other
organizations, to promote education in the community. They
publish a newsletter.

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A5) What organizations are there in the U.K.?

I know of no organizations in the UK currently. If you know of some,
write me (see bottom of page for email address) with contact info.
Thanks!

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A6) What organizations are there in the U.S.?

About-Face
P.O. Box 77665 San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 436-0212
Email: in...@about-face.org
Web site: http://www.about-face.org/
About-Face, formerly the Stop Starvation Imagery Campaign, is a
San Francisco based group dedicated to combating negative and
distorted images of women.

Abundia
Cheri Erdman
P.O. Box 252
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Holds body-acceptance retreats for women. The next retreat will
be June 12-14, 1998. Write to join mailing list.

Affiliated Bigmens Clubs, Inc.
Affiliated Bigmens Clubs
584 Castro St. Suite 139
San Francisco, CA 94114
Clearinghouse for clubs for chubby gay men and their admirers.

Ample Images club
Email: ampi...@gte.net
Web site: http://home1.gte.net/ampimage/index.html
Social club for Big Beautiful Women (BBW's) and their admirers.
Hosts house parties in the Los Angeles/Orange County area.

Ample Opportunity
Nancy Barron, PhD
PO Box 40621
Portland OR 97240-0621
Phone: (503) 452-2542 (work phone), 503-245-1524
Currently on hiatus.

Anvil Dungeon International
P.O. Box 347024
Atlanta, GA 30334
Phone: (404) 228-3827
Email: anvild...@usa.net
Pansexual support group that focuses on BDSM in the size
acceptance community. Seminars, parties, roundtables and
networking. Has email list and dalNET chat channel,
#bbw-anvildungeon. Has two conventions yearly, usually in
Atlanta, in March and October.

BBW/BHM/FA Organization
Web site: http://www.bbwfa.com
Search engine, web rings, singles message board, information
message board

BBWsRock
Email: BBWs...@webtv.net
Offers social events, chat room (BBWsRock at http://www.TalkCity.com/,
and mailing list http://www.onelist.com/subscribe/BBWsROCK

Big Boogie Nights
Web site: www.darrenteed.com/bigboogienights
Email: bigboog...@yahoo.com
Every third Saturday, Main Street Tavern, 501 Main Street.
Brings BBW, BHM and admirers together for socializing and
dancing. Main Street Tavern is closed to the public for Big
Boogie Nights events. Main Street Tavern has a bar, dance floor,
two pool tables and smoking/cigar room adjacent to the club.
Price per person $15.00 includes upscale appetizers and DJ.
Prizes, giveaways and contests.

The Big Difference
Pamela Lynn
PO Box 66656
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: (562) 984-8825
Web site: http://www.bigdiff.com
E-mail: in...@bigdiff.com
They put on monthly dances in the LA area.

Big Celebrations Dance by Double Trouble Productions
Phone: (510)581-2446
Email: bigd...@usa.net
Web site: http://members.xoom.com/bigdance
SF Bay Area dances for Large Men and Women and their admirers.
Cost: $20 includes 2 drinks and appetizers.

Big Options
Lora White
Birmingham, AL
Phone: 205-520-9468
Newsletter with lots of information about organizations, reading
materials, tapes, clothing stores.

Big Sensations dances
Best Western Hotel
477 Totton Pond Rd.
Waltham, MA
Big Sensations Hotline 617-893-1985
loomi...@earthlink.net
The dances are approximtly every 3 weeks, with around 150 to 200
people. The only requirment to attend is that you be non-judgemental
of others in all aspects including but not limited to size, race and
sexual persuation.

Body Image Task Force
PO Box 360196
Melbourne, FL 32936-0196
Email: bi...@yahoo.com
Web Page: http://home.earthlink.net/~dawn_atkins/bitf.htm
Web site offers size acceptance pamphlets and a size acceptance
video.

Boston Area Fat Liberation (BAFL)
PO Box 308
Kendall Square
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: (617) 661-8111

CLUB BBW
Email: CLU...@AOL.COM
Web site: http://hometown.aol.com/clubbbw/information.html
Non-profit organization that promotes size and fat acceptance by
providing a positive environment for people of size/fat and
their admirers. Web site provides list of organizations and
events throughout the U.S.

The Council On Size and Weight Discrimination
Miriam Berg
PO Box 305
Mt Marion NY 12456
Phone: (914) 679-1209 (work phone)
Fax: (914) 679-1209
Special projects to influence public policy and opinion and end
oppression based on discriminatory standards of body weight,
size and shape. Project management in areas such as media,
accessibility issues, medical and weight technology, body image.
Presented at NIH panel in '92, at which official statement was
released that weight-loss diets don't work. Directors include
Miriam Berg (President), Neil and Paula Dachis, William J.
Fabrey, Carrie Hemenway, Lynn Mcafee, and Nancy Summer.

Capitol NAAFA
P. O. Box A
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-912-1646
Web: http://members.nbci.com/capitalnaafa/
Washington, DC chapter of NAAFA.

Diet/Weight Liberation
Terry Nicholetti Garrison
Annabel Taylor Hall, Cornell Univ
Ithaca NY 14853
Phone: (607) 257-0563 (work phone)
Non-profit self-help group associated with Cornell University.
Sponsors local Fed Up groups. Works to establish a program to
train high-school girls to teach size-acceptance workshops to
their peers.

Double XX Riders
3256 West Country Road 72
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Small organization of full-figured horse riders dedicated to
helping other full-figured riders. Monthly newsletter offers
tips on clothes and tack that fit, hints, and moral support. For
info and copy of newsletter, send large SASE.

FAT Advocates Network (FAN)
Phone 831-425-4413
Organization providing health care advocates to fat people.

Fat and Terrific
Avery & Teresa Colter
Phone: (510) 671-8024
Fax: (510) 671-6959
Email: av...@infoasis.com
Web site: http://www.infoasis.com/people/avery/fat.html
Group located in the San Francisco Bay Area that has activities
every third saturday for FAT people and admirers/supporters.
Publishes a bi-monthly newsletter and post our activities on our
webpage. Email for sample newsletter.

Fat is a Lesbian Issue
Shira Stone and Gail Horowitz
225-C King St.
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 924-9321
Email: const...@aol.com
Support group for fat lesbians. Public education and political
action. Publishes newsletter called "Nothing to Lose." Meets
monthly at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in
Manhattan.

Fed Up
Email: plum...@rotunda.com
Los Angeles based activist organization interested in securing a
better, more dignified life for fat persons, involving every
aspect of life where persons of size find difficulty being
accepted or accommodated. Provides support meetings to discuss
activities, bolster self-confidence, and create an atmosphere of
solidarity. FED UP is a complement to fat-acceptance
organizations, particularly NAAFA, in achieving mutually
desirable goals.

FLAB (Fat Lesbian Action Brigade)
New York-based activist group fighting for visibility of fat
lesbians in the queer community, in the fat-acceptance movement,
and in the world at large. Contact them through Fat Is a Lesbian
Issue (see above).

Full Bloom Women
Philadelphia
Contact Susan (Sussy) Brown at Sus...@AOL.com
Web site: http://members.aol.com/sussy34/fbw.htm
Group for fat women of all sexualites(les/bi/straight) and all
sizes of large who are on the path towards self-acceptance. We
meet together as women to share support, have fun, network, put
forth a public size acceptance message, and change the world.
Discussions in the Philadelphia area on the 4th Sunday of every
month at 4pm. Following each discussion we will go out to
dinner.

Generous Proportions
PO Box 5631
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Email: GenP...@aol.com
Phone: (703) 379-0745
Fledgling organization dedicated to sponsorship of social,
recreational, and community service activities for large sized
individuals and their admirers in the Washington DC area.
Seeking help in planning and coordination of activities as well
as some feedback on the kind of events you would like to attend
and what you would be willing to pay.

Girth and Mirth
Group for fat gay men and their allies with sixteen chapters
worldwide (10 in the U.S. and 6 elsewhere). For info about the
Atlanta chapter, call (770) 254-0997 or email at...@juno.com.

The Goddesses
Nancy Esposito
PO Box 1008 J A F Station
New York, NY 10116
Work Phone: 718-456-9119
Home Phone: 718-789-3894
Social club for fat people and their admirers meets twice a
month, hosts large-size fashion shows and lingerie parties.
Publishes newsletter with articles on activism and personal ads.

International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA)
P.O. Box 82126
Austin, Texas 78758
Email: Dire...@size-acceptance.org
Web: http://www.size-acceptance.org/sister_cities
Dues $20/year (includes newsletter), $5 for students
Email for ISAA flyer (PDF file or paper)
"Promote size acceptance and help end size discrimination through
advocacy and visible, lawful actions."

In a BIG Way:
Email: inabi...@aol.com
Web: http://www.bbwart.com/inabigway/index.html
Twin Cities (Minnesota) organization for large size individuals
and their supporters, admirers and allies of all sizes. Promotes
self esteem through social interaction. All events are open to
the public. You can post a profile on their web site. They also
offer a BBW personals board.

LaNAAFA
Email: lan...@aol.com
Web: http://members.aol.com/lanaafa
Puts on events in Baton Route.

Large Encounters, Inc.
PO Box 364
Island Park, NY 11558-0364
Phone: 516-593-6900; 212-479-7999
Web site: http://www.large-encounters.com
Email: mind...@aol.com
Lingerie catalog: $6
Singles parties in NY, NJ, CT for BBWs and gentlemen admirers.
Personals newsletter.

Largesse: The Network for Size Esteem
Karen and Richard Stimson, co-directors
PO Box 9404
New Haven, CT 06460-0404
Phone/Fax: (203) 787-1624, weekdays noon to 8pm EST
Email: 7577...@compuserve.com;
larg...@eskimo.com
Web site for International No Diet Day: http://www.eskimo.com/~largesse/INDD/
Internationally-recognized information clearinghouse, founded
in 1983. Maintains a resource database, archive dating back to
early 1970s, and connections to size-rights and anti-diet
activists around the world. Not a membership organization.
Provides open access to information. Publishes newsletter,
bulletins, action alerts, etc. Largesse is the clearinghouse for
information regarding International No Diet Day.

Largely Positive, Inc.
Carol A. Johnson, MA, President
PO Box 17223
Glendale WI 53217
Support group to help build self-esteem, promote size acceptance
and discourage dieting in favor of healthy, low-fat eating and
regular exercise. Meets at health-care facilities in Milwaukee
and Chicago. Publishes quarterly newsletter _On a Positive
Note_. Carol Johnson is the author of a book called _Self-Esteem
Comes in All Sizes_.

LFAN (Lesbian Fat Activist Network)
Laura Tisoncik
PO Box 635
Woodstock, NY 12498
Phone: (914) 679-9019
Email: 76473...@compuserve.com
Special Interest Group (SIG) of NAAFA for size-friendly lesbians
of all sizes. They produce a monthly newsletter. To join and
get the newsletter, send $20 ($5-$10 low income).

LIAHO (Let It All Hang Out)
Marilyn Kalman
45 Polk 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94102
Phone: 415-285-1340
Produces annual Let It All Hang Out Day in June in San Francisco
and other public fat-positive celebrations. Protests fat-phobic
incidents. Formed in response to a fat-phobic letter written to
a local paper.

Livin' and Lovin' Large
P.O. BOX 8295
FT. Wayne, IN 46898-8295
Phone: (219) 424-5519
Email: Donn...@aol.com;
Tone...@aol.com
Web site: HTTP://members.aol.com/LIVNLOVNLG/
For big beautiful women and their admirers. Newsletter. 900#
personals. Sponsors parties.

Living Large
South Florida
Phone: (800) 527-4075
Dances for large people and their admirers.

Lovin' Plenty
3420 N. Elizabeth, Suite 107
Pueblo, CO 81008
Phone: (800) 860-1000 Extension 909765
Email: szi...@rmii.com
Dances and support groups for large people in Colorado.

Los Angeles/Long Beach Fat Girl Rap Group
Solara
Phone: (310) 428-3217

Mad About More
Website: http://members.aol.com/MiaMOONLIT/index.html
On-going event in the greater Miami area for BBWs and their
admirers to get together.

Making Waves
Linda
Phone: (510) 524-6470
Swims for fat women (200 pounds or more) in Oakland, California.
Sundays 11am-1pm at the Albany High School pool. First Sunday of
the month is open to fat-friendly women of all sizes. Sliding
scale $6-$8.

Midwest XXXtras
Kansas City
Phone: Linda at 816-483-5498
Cheryl at 816-765-9823

Mor-2-Luv
Ronda Wood
9302 Valley View Ave
Whittier Ca 90602
Phone: (310) 693-1844 (work phone), (310) 398-0168
Social club and dating service for fat people and their admirers
in southern California.

NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance)
PO Box 188620
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916) 558-6880, (800) 422-1214
Fax: (916) 558-6881
Email: pmc...@prodigy.com
Infobot: na...@world.std.com
(use subject line: send naafa-info)
Web site: http://naafa.org/
NAAFA is the most famous US-based fat-acceptance organization.
Single membership is $35.00 per year; ask about rates for
couples and other special categories. Benefits include the
bimonthly _NAAFA Newsletter_, book-order service, information on
local chapters, conventions, dating service, many special
interest groups (SIGS): Big Men's Forum, Couples SIG, Diabetic
SIG, Feminist Caucus, Lavender SIG, Lesbian Fat Activist
Network, Mental Health Professionals SIG, Military Issues SIG,
Mid-Size SIG, Parents and Caregivers of Fat Children SIG,
Singles SIG, Sleep Apnea SIG, Super SIG, Teen/Youth SIG, Weight
Loss Surgery Survivors SIG, Young Adult SIG. Support group,
educational organization, social group, and organization to
promote rights and fair treatment. The book service has a
comprehensive list of fat-positive books, publications, and
newsletters.
See also individual chapter and SIG listings in this FAQ.

NAAFA Eastern Canadian Area
Helena Spring, Facilitator (see listing for Canada Wyde)

NAAFA Fat Activist Task Force (FATF)
Activism on size-acceptance issues. Quarterly Task Force alerts
let the NAAFA members know of groups deserving praise or
protest. Please send alerts to Jody Abrams via email, or snail
mail (66 Winchester Street, Unit (401), Brookline, MA 02146) any
alerts that you feel need posting. Targets for the alerts can
either be positive or negative. Sample targets include:
Television shows which depict fat characters positively and
negatively, advertisements which insult or enhance fat people's
self-image, articles or ads etc.... If you wish to join the
FATF, contact NAAFA at (916) 558-6880.

NAAFA Feminist SIG
Lynn Meletiche
2065 First Ave. #19-D, Dept. RM
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 721-8259
They sell large-size hospital gowns (allow 4-6 weeks for
delivery).

NAAFA Fat Feminist Caucus
Judy Freespirit (Judith L. Ackerman) -- new coordinator
407 Orange St. #101 Oakland, CA 94610
Email: 00053...@mcimail.com
Puts on annual East and West Coast Fat Women's Gatherings (among
other things). Publishes newsletter. To receive a newsletter and
information on the Caucus, email your postal address. If you
were previously a member of the Caucus and haven't moved in the
meantime you will get a newsletter automatically.

NAAFA Inland Empire (California) chapter
909-424-3363

NAAFA Michigan Chapter
Web site: http://ic.net/~karle/naafa/naafa.html

NAAFA New England Chapter (NEC-NAAFA)
c/o Michelle Hahn
PO Box 65
Andover, MA 01810
Web site: http://pages.prodigy.com/MA/necnaafa/necnaafa.html

NAAFA San Francisco Bay Area
Phone: 510-524-6470

NAAFA South Jersey Chapter
Web site: http://www.naafa.org/chapters/chapters.html#south_jersey

NAAFA Super Sig
Sherry Collins-Eckert
POB 25083
St. Louis, MO 63125-0083
Fax: 314-351-1073
Email: NAAFA-S...@webtv.net
Web site: http://community.webtv.net/NAAFA-superSIG/
Dues are $17.50 ($22.50 Canada, $25 other foreign).
NAAFA special interest group for women size 48 or larger.
Publishes SUPERWOMAN, a quarterly newsletter compiling
information on confidential surveys sent yearly to members.
(Men can subscribe to Superwoman.) Sponsors events.

NAAFA Way Out West (Oregon) Chapter
Phone: 503 261-9222

NAAFA Washington state chapter (WSC-NAAFA)
PO Box 24851
Seattle, WA 98124-0851
Phone: (206) 781-3529 (voice mail)
Web site: http://naafa.org/chapters/wsc.html

NOLOSE (National Organization for Lesbians Of SizE)
245 Eighth Ave. # 107
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (201) 843 4629
Email: nol...@aol.com
Web site: http://www.breakinc.com/nolose/
http://www.fatamazon.com
Membership $20 annually (scholarships/work exchange available)
Publishes newsletter. Sponsors a national conference for
lesbians of size and allies. Runs FatAmazon.com, a book service
offering titles of interest to Fat Lesbian community, titles
from publishers such as Spinsters Ink, Naiad Press and
Firebrand, and a forum for fat lesbian artists (published
writers as well as self-published writers and craftwomen).
Net proceeds go to the Financial Aid Fund of NOLOSE.

National Organization for Women (NOW)
1000 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 331-0066
They have a task force working against the diet industry.

Overcoming Overeating
Jane Hirschmann, Carol Munter, directors
315 West 86th St., Suite 17B
New York, NY 10024-3180
Phone: (212) 875-0442
Fax: (212) 874-6596
Email: kan...@aol.com, car...@aol.com
Education and training organization founded in 1989. Works to
end body hatred and dieting. They have an email list, oo-group.
To join, send email to either of the addresses listed above
asking to be added to oo-group. (If they tell you a better
address to send list requests to, please let me know.)
UPDATE Jan 97: The Overcoming Overeating Newsletter is no longer
being published.

Overcoming Overeating, Chicago Center
Judith Matz, LCSW and Carol Coven Grannick, Directors
PO Box 48
Deerfield IL 60015
Phone: (708) 853-1200
Chicago affiliate of national center for Overcoming Overeating.

People of Size Social Club
P.O. Box 555
Winnsboro, TX 75494

Potbelly Cycling Association
45 Munson Road
Pleasantville, NY 10570
For folks with potbellies and any interest in cycling. Folks
without potbellies can join, but are only granted "Athletic
Supporter" membership. (You may have noticed that it's an
organization including jokes and mirth.) Membership for a year,
including certificate and four newsletters, costs $25 US.

Project Legislation 2000
c/o Rump Parliament Magazine
PO Box 181716
Dallas, TX 75218
Phone: (214) 275-4449
Email: lma...@airmail.net
Web site: http://web2.airmail.net/lmartin/
Grass-roots political group working on adding the words "size or
weight" to existing federal and state anti-discrimination laws.

Rubenesque Dances
2907 SW 20th Terrace
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Phone: (305) 832-2501
Monthly (or so) dances for fat people and their admirers.

SAFE - Size Acceptance for Empowerment
Email: SAFE4...@cs.com
Formerly Beach Cities ISAA, which was later known as Livin
Large. Most events are in Los Angeles or Orange County, CA.
Sponsors fat accepting swims for men and women; fat women's
support group; annual retreat for women. Not for profit.

San Jose Independents
Email: Mark....@VTA.Org
New Silicon Valley (California) social group for fat men and
women and their admirers.

SeaFATtle
Seattle, Washington
Web site: http://www.wolfenet.com/~marymc/seafattle.htm
Email: ma...@apocalypse.org
SeaFATtle is a group for support, activism and fun, for all women of
size. New mailing list for Friends of SeaFATtle. To join, send a
message to sftlfrien...@MyList.net, with the word
"subscribe" in the body of the message (minus quotation marks).

Size Acceptance Movement (S.A.M.)
Chicago, Illinois
Phone: (414) 877-9434
Email: Linda (SSBBW...@webtv.net) or Dixie (CLOS...@aol.com)
Web: http://www.angelfire.com/il2/sam1/index.html
Social organization that also performs local activism.
Affiliated with ISAA.

Southern California Size Acceptance Coalition (SCSAC)
PO Box 500293
San Diego, CA 92150-0293
Phone: (619) 496-3317
Email: sc...@aol.com (this is not a typo)
Works to create fat-positive community, to educate people about
issues around fat people, and to advocate for fat people.

Theater Workshop for Fat Women
4 Big Girls
PO Box 2134
Seattle, WA 98111
Use of movement, voice, and relaxation to explore self-esteem,
personal power, sexuality, and body image. Send SASE for info.

The Venus Group
Heather (313) 480-7080
Email: hmacal...@hotmail.com
Support and social network for large women, meets bimonthly in
the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area.

Voluptuous Preferences
Box 6816, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607
Nancy at (714) 495-4670
bbwn...@pacbell.net
Group for BBWs and FAs in Orange County, CA.

Voluptuous Woman Company
13830 Castle Blvd, Suite 301
Silver Spring, MD 20904-7366
Phone - 301-890-8301
Fax - 301-890-8304
Email: jbig...@volupwoman.com
Web site: http://www.volupwoman.com
"Organization empowering the plus size woman." Free email
newsletter including list of plus-size events and fashion shows.
Calendar.

Water Women
Fircrest Pool, Seattle
Email: Lee...@aol.com
Private swim for large women. Every Sunday and Wednesday at
5:30. $4 per swim. First swim is free.

Weight Loss Surgery Survivors
Karen Smith
18 West High Street
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Email: RevKar...@hotmail.com

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SECTION B: Information about this FAQ

B1) Are there other related FAQs?

There is some overlap in the topics covered by the FAQs. If you don't
find what you're looking for here, try the other FAQs.

The latest version of the following FAQs can be found at:
http://www.cat-and-dragon.com/~stef/Fatfaqs/

alt.support.big-folks newsgroup FAQ
soc.support.fat-acceptance newsgroup FAQ
soc.support.fat-acceptance.moderated newsgroup FAQ
Clothing for Big Folks in Canada
Clothing for Big Folks in the U.S. (parts 1 and 2)
Organizations for Big Folks
Online Resources for Big Folks
Other Resources for Big Folks
Publications for Big Folks
Resources for Dealing With the Physical Aspects of Being Fat
Size-acceptance

The following FAQs can be found at:
http://www.sover.net/~astarte/fa/faqs.html

Big Folks and Fitness
Big Folks and Health
Big Folks and Sports
Research on Big Folks

The latest versions of following FAQs can be found at the following
locations:

Clothing for Big Folks in the U.K. at
http://www.thegrapevine.co.uk/Avalanche/FAQ-UK.htm
Clothing for Big Folks in Europe at
http://www.thegrapevine.co.uk/Avalanche/FAQ-Europe.htm

Plus-Size Pregnancy Website at
http://www.teleport.com/~rvireday/plus/

You can also find (sometimes slightly older versions of) the above FAQs
(except the plus-size pregnancy FAQs) at the following locations:


ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/fat-acceptance-faq/

(Note: The big-folks FAQ is listed separately at these locations.)

You can also get FAQs from rtfm.mit.edu via anonymous FTP or via the mail
archive server. For information about the mail server, send email to
mail-...@rtfm.mit.edu
with the word "help" (without the quotes) in the body of the message.

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B2) Posting information

This document is posted bi-weekly to alt.support.big-folks,
soc.support.fat-acceptance, and soc.support.fat-acceptance.moderated.


Stef Maruch (st...@cat-and-dragon.com) maintains this FAQ.

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B3) Contributors

These are the people who contributed significant chunks to the FAQ:
Sasha Wood (Sasha...@cs.cmu.edu)
Largesse (7577...@compuserve.com)
Bernadette Bosky (b...@panix.com)

Also, lots and lots of other people (too many to credit) contributed
information that appears herein, some via email and some on s.s.f-a or
a.s.b-f. Thanks to them all.

Suggestions for additions/improvements are always welcome.
Send suggestions to Stef Maruch
(st...@cat-and-dragon.com)

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