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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

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.

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

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

Keep doing what you are doing!

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

These guys are fantatic. I do NOT like church, never have, but I am Christain and I believe in God. GCN gives me a connection to the religious world without me having to lie through my teeth about who I am and what I believe all Sunday morning long.

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I feel like there are others out there that share my opinion that you can be "actively" LGBT and Christian and still be a legit Christian.

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

Longer podcasts. I dont care if its unedited, rambly, and 50% about food! Make em longer. The people that want shorter ones can use something called THE PAUSE BUTTON :)

February 28, 2012
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February 25, 2011

GCN has been a real blessing to me. To meet so many people from so many different backgrounds who all share this one thing in common- being gay and still strongly desiring to be close to God, has and ... more

February 28, 2012
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This is a great place for christians who are gay to find fellowship and acceptance. The people are true followers of God and are always looking to help those who are struggling to finding there identities, or help those who have loved ones in their lives that are find acceptance with them. They truly seek to bridge the gap between faith and sexuality that has broken or severely damaged families and persons of same-sex attraction.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 25, 2011

GCN has been a real blessing to me. To meet so many people from so many different backgrounds who all share this one thing in common- being gay and still strongly desiring to be close to God, has and is having a profound impact on me. I see more hope for my future now then I ever have in my past. I've went from feeling all was ending in my life, that I was unworthy of life, and that I had something seriously worng with me as a human being, to feeling now I have an important place in this world just like everyone else, that my life can mean something special to others, that I do belong here, and that I can make something good of my life. I never thought this was possible before. But I'm learning now it is. GCN has afforded me the opportunity to learn from so many other people, to hear their stories and experiences and be able to relate to every single one of them on a deep level. I know the things I take from GCN are things no one can take away from me. I know the longer I stay involved with this organization the more my life will change for the better. I can really see positive things happening. And I see it happing all the time for so many others who are connected with this organization.

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

Making new friends, broadening my view of what it means to be gay, opening up the doors of possibilites for a more positive future.

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

Like to find a way to create a more localized group for the people living in my specific area so we could meet on a regualr basis and build friendships.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I am so appreciative of GCN! I had been struggling, like so many whom God has led to this organization, with my being a born again Christian and being gay. When I began to consider the implications of my sexual orientation, there was one area that I felt could never be congruent-Christianity and same-sex relationships. The struggle began with admitting to myself that I was gay; that was hard enough after being a Christian for many years. Then the implications of being gay--the loss of friendships, family considerations, etc.; it all was too much to handle. I was consistently in confusion and despairing of life.

Finding such simple things as understanding, love, acceptance, encouragement, a desire to help me overcome my struggles, even a willingness to let me become involved in projects and turn my story around to help impact others' lives---that is what GCN is to me. This world is changing at an alarming pace, and because I have found the venue of GCN, I know that I am able not only to accept myself, but most importantly to help others who also struggle, who think that the only solution to inner peace is to 'end it all', who feel that they could never be bold for Christ and be honest about a same-sex relationship, or those who just find themselves stuck on the treadmill of depression and despair. Here is hope; here is GCN.

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A forum in which I can exchange ideas, struggles, solutions, and encouragements. An avenue which has been established to help others find strength to live life productively and to the full.

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

I would like to help bring GCN radio broadcasts into my area of the country and find a way whereby they could produce and air the broadcasts on a daily basis.

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I believe this organization is helping the world be more understanding of the LGBT Community... especially in the spiritual area of life.

To me, it has served as a psychological stress-relieving place that I could share my opinions and finally be myself. It got me ready for the OUTSIDE
WORLD.. and helped me understand that there is always someone out there that undestands you.

This organization is NOT ONLY helping people that have a hard time with their sexuality .. whether trying to accept it or facing judgement... It actually opens a window of understanding to EVERYONE. An example would be.. how many times have you heard 'Christians are supposed to be loving, not judging', and i myself could not agree more! I believe this community IS one of those true-loving communities, and that CONCEPT of not judging may be embraced by other communities that, unfortunately, probably do not see that the way to bring Christ to the lives of people is to actually show EXAMPLES OF HIM, not using his words to make people feel GUILTY. Present Christ with LOVE!

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When I was younger.. I used to feel so isolated at school AND home.. because I could only imagine the reactions of the people and family around me if they knew I was gay. When I got home during those times, I would log into the community and actually feel like I was at the place I should have been all along. The entire community felt like my FAMILY.

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

I would seriously start to find ways to expand it. That IS what needs to be done, and one day it will grow. I pray that it will! PLEASE HELP THIS COMMUNITY GROW! :)

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I got involved w/ GCN about 8 years ago at the request of a friend. It was a smaller community then but grappling with big issues like what it means to be gay and Christian, how we engage the Christian community etc. Through my involvement I've met a # of people from all over the world and really appreciate the conversation and relationships that develop there. I don't think I can recommend GCN highly enough for those trying to understand what life looks like at the intersection where our faith and sexuality cross.

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Relationships and understanding

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

Add more staff

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011


I have been affiliated with GCN, since about four years, and this organization serves an under represented community of believers. Individuals who believe in God, but who find themselves judged by a world of people that can be intolerant.

Oftentimes, many people who frequent GCN are
people who are hurting, and as a private prayer team member we keep the confidences of everyone who submit prayers to our forum; where such knowledge about a person can prove harmful.

We aim to promote the belief of our risen Lord that love is the ultimate act of our believing, affirming community, and it is love that helps many of us through Christ to support in silence, pray with love and care.

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

I have seen many people who pray for healing get an answer from God, and whose lives were lifted, inspired and elevated to save them from despair.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do nothing really. GCN serves gay, Christian youth who are oftentimes not understood.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

It should continue to be what it is: life affirming.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I gained new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel part of a community of believers who shared the same beliefs that I do.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 6, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 6, 2011

This Charity brought me back to faith, it gave me a new sense of hope. I have felt warth, love and outreach from every corner of GCN. I am not sure that I would even be alive were it not for GCN. I could never put into the words of the magnitude that this site has on its members and the world...

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I had my life saved and became a productive member of society....

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

NONE!

February 5, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 5, 2011

I have been at GCN since about 2004. In that time I have witnessed absolute Christian love and charity at its finest. GCN has literally saved so many lives. They have a extensive online community that is the most caring I have ever seen. They hold a annual conference, release podcast's, Have appeared on numerous television shows to raise awareness among the LGBTQ community. They have helped people with resources to their day to day lives at a financial level, helped people who needed counseling acquire it, released a documentary "Through My Eye's", keep a data base of Affirming Church listings, as well as, tons of behind the scenes work for the Christian faith walk. They shine at building bridges between the Faith based community and the LGBTQ community. They also have a YouTube site called, "Gay Christian Answers" They even helped me through a very dark time in my life. This organization is incredible by anyones standards. Especially, for what little recognition they have received for their efforts. I truly believe Justin Lee should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Gay Christian Network.

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After losing my Partner in 2001. I had pretty much lost all faith and hope in anything. This world was just some dark place I was imprisoned in. I was raised with Faith but literally believe the Christian hype that God simply hated me for my attractions. The vast Christian community reinforced this self loathing all the time. GCN gave me a place to heal past wounds and find a way to get back on track with my Faith. They further gave me a outlet to help those who where in similar situations to mine.

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

I would make it a Global entity with GCN affiliate offices throughout the world. This organization could truly change our world and draw so many people to understanding and acceptance.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me how to more completely share my true feelings and desires to those I witness to.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 3, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 3, 2011

GCN has always been a voice of calm reason in the debate over LGBT issues and religion, providing support for both those struggling to find a balance between the their own lives, and equipping others to engage in productive interactions with Christians who might have questions or fears about what it means to be a member of the LGBT community. I have found GCN to be an invaluable resource in opening dialogue with my family and providing perspective on an issue that has literally torn our relationship apart. GCN's strong roots in the Christian faith are comfortable ground for those who have heard so many lies but are forced to confront the issue because of their own sexuality or the sexuality of a close friend or relative, allowing people to gently come to an understanding of the complexity of the issue.

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I found GCN after having grown up in Texas with parents who expected me to live into their version of who I should be. When I came to college in the northeast, I found friends who embraced of me, but my wonderful, non-religious friends and my reserved fellow church-goers were separate. GCN was that reassuring voice saying that no matter how alone I might feel, there were others like me, and that is exactly what we are all seeking, that sense of belonging.

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

GCN works to build local community. This work is slow and requires dedicated volunteers. It is the only thing that I want improved other than the clear need for more support staff in the main office. Both of these issues require further funding. Please support GCN!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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