The Gay Christian Network

Rating: 4.82 stars   344 reviews

Address:

P.O. Box 17504 Raleigh NC 27619 USA

Mission:

The Gay Christian Network (GCN) is the preeminent interdenominational organization supporting LGBT Christians and those who love them. GCN provides resources and support to help individuals reconcile their faith and sexuality, builds interconnected networks of supportive Christian communities, and works with families, friends, and churches to create respectful dialogue on sexual orientation issues. GCN is best known for its moderated online "safe space" community, where over 13,000 people offer one another support, prayer, fellowship, and understanding in an affirming faith-based environment. This crucial support outlet is available to anyone in the world with an internet connection and regularly saves the lives of teens and adults alike. GCN's weekly podcast, YouTube video series, and Bible study materials educate and inspire gay and straight Christians around the world, while the organization's annual conference, welcoming church network, and local groups provide important face-to-face opportunities for worship, support, and community. GCN's groundbreaking new documentary, Through My Eyes, chronicles the interactions of conservative churches and gay Christian youth and is already changing hearts and minds in the church in a profound way to promote the full support of LGBT people.

Geographic areas served:

worldwide

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN is a place where I can go as a person of faith; a catholic gay man.I can go there to chat with other gay catholics and the broad church of christianity. So many gay & lesbian people recieve negative messages from their faiths that this place is truly special in that it is affirming and has something for every type of christian. I can do this whether I be in the warmth of a place where i am accepted, tolerated and valued by my fellow human beings or on one of those cold days when I have heard or experienced hate. St Francis said "that in giving we recieve..." so additionally on this site i can support others in heir faith and human struggle to live.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

affirming messages and networking with other in my community. personal support and increased faith and knowledge

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add a dating option

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

During chapters of my life when I had no brick-&-mortar faith community to speak of, GCN offered me the loving support and empowering community that I needed in order to grow further in my faith & be reconciled to my identity as a gay person. From the few years I spent as an active posting member there, I experienced and witnessed countless others experience transformation directly as a result of access to other faithful gay Christians and so many loving allies. The effect of GCN on my young adult life is not to be underestimated. I regard them as highly worthy of any available funding or institutional support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...in all areas of my life, personally, socially, spiritually & professionally as I am currently in seminary studying for the priesthood.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I remember the user interface being a bit clunky, but this was several years ago and I know that GCN has continued to evolve and update to reflect current technology.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network is like no other network in the world! It has encouraged me many times when I was feeling low. I'm so glad to be included in the world of networks because GCN makes it possible.

Please understand that it's important to me that this network stays "on" because it makes it seem that I count! I have a voice in what goes on in the world! I hope that if you haven't taken the time to look into this network, that you will now do it. You'll no doubt see what I see in that it makes it possible for me to be included . . . and you too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This network makes sure that all are included in the events that go on from day to day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing! I like it exactly like it is! It seems to be a well maintained network.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN has been both an inspiration and a resource to touch others who need friendship, prayers or advice with coping in a world that often turns a blind eye to diversity.
I have made some lasting friendships through GCN's resources because GCN is full of real people just like you and me. It's not only an online community of hope...people have extended their social 'real life' networks via the message boards and available Conferences and workshops offered by GCN and it's staff. To receive and give support in a 'safe' environment where individuals meet and find that they are not alone in their spiritual and personal journeys is a great asset in this day and time.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My life has been enriched by many who have crossed my path via GCN both emotionally, spiritually, and being made more socially aware of how we can change the world by being honest with ourselves and those around us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them find sponsors to support their efforts in getting their message across. The internet is a great tool but limited to the resources of those who are functioning in a non profit sense. This is a free service based on volunteer donations and with the economy that has hurt the office.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I found this site via a friend, and while online found out about the annual conference, having experience in the production side of events like this, I volunteered to help design, program and run the lighting for this event. While doing this, I found that I got far more out of the event than I ever could have ever imagined.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conference, personal contacts made during the conference, and from online contact with many of it's members

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know that I would.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was married for 21 years, and have two children. My wife and I served as Associate Pastors, and then as missionaries in Africa for a total of 8 years in ministry. Until recently, I have had a difficult time bringing my faith together with my sexuality. Reading GCN gives me hope and support as I continue that journey....

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading the articules and stories of hope.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am sorry, but I can't find flaws

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As a gay man living in a very conservate community it is enlightning to have an online community where I can be with others like myself that are discovering and working on their relationship with God! We are all on different religious paths but with GCN we come together as one.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

GCN Radio

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More episodes of GCN Radio

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This network really helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. Being gay and fighting cancer, i felt like I had no where to turn. But this network changed all that for me. It helped me see through the storm I was in. The lord and jesus christ are apart of my everyday life cause of the GCN.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My everyday life

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more update and help start local chapters

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN saves lives! It it one of the most important on line gay support groups out there. So many gay Christians face discrimination in their churches and challenges to their faith from false doctrine taught in many churches. Sadly so many gay Christians have no place to turn for support and correct theology that teaches that GOD DOES love them!
GCN saved my life...restored my faith and gave me a network of support that is now my family..GOD BLESS GCN!!!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by the support it gives daily to gay Christians

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it financially and help it reach out the the world to tell gay Chritsians hiding in the church that GOD loves them gay or not!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a parent of a gay child and I am very pleased that the Gay Christian Network has been established. I know it has been a source of comfort tom many gay Christians that I have advised.

Too many gays feel that they have been bodily thrown out of the church and experience such deep pain in their hearts.

The Gay Christian Network provides the hope that someday, more Christians will be able to open their minds and their hearts and accept all of God's creations.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my counseling, as I was able to refer them to the GCN website.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep doing what you are doing!

 
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