The Gay Christian Network

Rating: 4.82 stars   344 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Religion

Location: 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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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919-786-0000
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

GCN is not just a web community of gay and lesbian Christians (and allies), but we're a close knit family. In addition to providing a safe haven to ask questions to help foster our faith, GCN is instrumental in helping build self esteem, friendships and healthy, Christ-centered lives each and every day.

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

the way people are able to grow as individuals in their faith and self-esteem. GCN offers sensitivity when necessary, privacy to those who need it, and abundant love to all.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the strong sense of spiritual direction this group has and the knowledge that not only is my presence benefiting me, but by sharing of myself, I am also benefiting others who are looking to serve Jesus Christ who just so happen to be gay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, helpful, extremely friendly and complimentary to every member. Everything on GCN and behind its founding is done with love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach gay, lesbian and allied Christians in all corners of the globe, expanding awareness about gays and lesbian in ministry and how we are not that different from the straight members of our church.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Like Nikki, I am a straight ally and have been involved with GCN for about three years. The value I see for furthering my ministry is twofold. I have firsthand relationships with a group I am trying to fight for justice for and I have a place where I can point people to. Several times a week, I am able to say in person, e mail on the internet "do you know about GCN, got to ..." It is a wonderful social community and resource.

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

the lives of people who know they are acceptable to God.

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

need to be gay and God didn't make me that way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the relationships and the information I can access

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful examples of the Jesus I follow.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

saves more lives in the LGBT community be getting the message out that they were created by God an acceptable to Him

Ways to make it better...

no complaint here, none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

appealing to a wide range of Christian backgrounds when so many are rejected by their own denomination. In the real world , denominations spar and somehow it is all managed on line a GCN. how do they do that?

One thing I'd also say is that...

Justin Lee is one of the finest people I have ever met.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I'm a straight ally, but I see God doing so many good things here. My own faith has been strengthened by the members,and I know that GCN will continue to be a apart of promoting God's love and LGBT acceptance. I am so proud to be a witness to so many amazing journey's!

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

just everyday things. You hear stories of how people are finally able to accept that God loves them for who they are, no matter what.

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

re-hire Justin and go to Hawaii. Justin and the board of directors do an AMAZING job!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The truly unconditional love that you see expressed everyday.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome! Everyone is so committed to GCN's mission.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do some really awesome things! I couldn't even go into detail. If I ever win the lottery, GCN is the first place I'm sending my money!

Ways to make it better...

no real complaints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Managing growth, while still allowing people to feel a sense of community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there may be alot of negative things, but at the end of the day, GCN is still doing good things,everyday. Keep moving forward!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

The Gay Christian Network allows not only a safe place for gays but something more! They are naturally progressive through their feelings and experiences. They are driven by God in truth and light. This community of people does not hide themselves or seek refuge here.. They go out into the community raising awareness and breaking down walls people have set up. These wonderful people treat each other with respect and take their work in the church seriously.

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

The way they approach the tough topic of gay in the church. They make us feel empowered.

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

be over joyed with the love...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They break down the walls of the church. They build people to become their own voice.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

open and friendly encouraging and engaging

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save gay youths from the harmful communities of homophobic churches. Allow their talented staff to speak to the world. Give Gay christians a loud and present voice in the church and in their community.

Ways to make it better...

We would of been their longer !

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money.. and acceptance in the church

One thing I'd also say is that...

They love what they do, and love helping people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

GCN has had an amazing impact on my life. I found GCN at a time when I was still struggling with balancing my sexuality and spirituality. In GCN I found an amazing community of people who were there to support me and bless me at a time in my life when I needed it most. Now that a few years have passed I am not quite as in need of the support anymore but GCN is still in my life because it gives me a chance to support others the way I was supported.

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

all the people who have found happiness and stability in theirs lives.

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

give Justin a much needed raise as he is probably one of the hardest working individuals in the LGBT community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the love and support I have received.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

Ways to make it better...

more people new about GCN and we could share more with others.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough funding for the amazing plans God has for this ministry.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is an organization I wouldnt change!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Gay Christian network is a valuable place and has provided a safe haven for those of us who might not be able to express ourselves as we'd like. The network itself provides great resources as well as the message board providing other resources and support all in all this place is a great online community for LGBT and non LGBT Christians alike!

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

The fruits of their labor of love. I have seen peoples attitudes and hearts change about who they were. I've seen gaps in the christian community being bridged all due to GAy Christian network and other such places.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The friends and relationships made by getting to know others in the online community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very friendly and helpful only wanting the best for the organization as a whole.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do soo much for the LGBT community ten million dollars could fund GCN for a very long period of time and help them continually make the organization a better place to be.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't have been any better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Keeping the organization running and continually making it a better place due to lack of monetary funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

GCN IS AWESOME!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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