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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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

If I had to describe the work of GCN in one word it would be: reconciliation. The Gay Christian Network helped me reconcile my faith with my sexuality when I thought it would never be possible. I believed that I would have to live the rest of my life torn right down the center of who I am. I found GCN, almost accidentally, at a time when I wasn't sure I wanted to continue to live if living meant that I would have to never be completely me. I am thankful for the forum to be able to express myself, and the network of other Christian gay people whose presence is a reminder to me that God sees past what humans often can't. In addition to my personal experience, I believe GCN is making a profound impact in the area of reconciling the church with its gay members who have had to hide in the shadows for fear of their own brothers and sisters in Christ. GCN helps gay Christians experience their faith completely, and realize that they are a complete part of the body of Christ - a birthright of all believers as a result of their faith. This is changing how the "family feud" in the church is fought. People who are whole, and have real and vibrant faith, reach out in love and break down walls that anger and resentment never can.

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

My own personal life, and in the lives of its other members.

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

Keep up the awesome work.

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

It was extremely instrumental in saving my life!

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

passionate, compassionate, thoughtful, sincere, encouraging, and loving.

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

Save even more people from lives of despair! GCN could host more events, produce more material, and expand opportunities for connecting with people through its website and other outlets.

Ways to make it better...

I would have found GCN sooner!

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

not being as well known as it should/will be. Also, being a largely electronically-connected group, I am concerned that it doesn't get the consistent support it could use to grow.

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

I thank God for GCN.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I joined GCN almost4 years ago at a time when I was wanting to get closer to God again. I had come out previously and for a while rejected church more or less, but felt that my faith was too big a part of my life to just ignore.
I found GCN through a google search I think - I joined and have never looked back. Through GCN I found a local affirming church, a safe space to ask questions and not fear the backlash one might expect elsewhere online, and have made many strong friendships.

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

the number of people who join in various states of hurting, self hatred and loneliness... but soon become active members of the community, reaching out to others and accepting themselves.

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

make an Android app!

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13 people found this review helpful

GCN changed my life, it's fighting against the tide but i really think it can change opinions, and it's doing so lovingly. I can't see myself being here without it.

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

everyone's lives' it has touched and the opinions it ha changed

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

hire an IT/web designer and restructure the website

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

it is not trying to cause controversy or encourage hatred between both sides of the debate, it is trying to serve people lovingly and nothing more

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

wonderful

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

make a difference in millions of peoples' lives and change the opinions of christian culture and stop people feeling like they have no right to exist.

Ways to make it better...

there was more funding to enable GCN to hire the people it needs

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

the opinions of millions that think we're 'wrong'

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

GCN really just wants to serve the people involved, nothing more and nothing less, it is the most loving place i've ever been.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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12 people found this review helpful

GCN is definitely a safe place for gay Christians - people who have so few safe places on the web to learn and interact. The community is vibrant and positive, and the GCN Radio podcast is of commendable quality. I don't know what I would do without GCN!

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

the lives of people that have been changed and even saved from suicide by GCN just being there.

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

burn out. Justin has a LOT of stuff to do, a lot of projects to work on, a lot of people to deal with.

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

the interactions with other people of diverse backgrounds and diverse perspectives - gay and straight alike.

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

welcoming, kind, compassionate and loving. The kind that gives good advice and real support when it is needed.

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

reach a lot more people who don't even know it exists!

Ways to make it better...

...can't think of a thing!

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

funding the growth that is becoming increasingly apparent.

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

there is no other website quite like GCN. If it was to theoretically disappear its absence would be felt deeply by a very large number of people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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10 people found this review helpful

This organization is possibly one of the most influential organizations for LGBT folks that have deep religious convictions. The Gay Christian Network services members of the LGBT community that happen to be involved in the Christian religion. Christianity in the United States and throughout the world, in modern times, has been known to have prejudices against those in sexual minorities. The Gay Christian Network provides an inclusive environment to over 12,000 people each day in helping them learn that being LGBT is not incompatible with Christianity. There are countless numbers of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians that are theologically conservative but have been harmed by the Church. GCN is the most active and influential organization that helps members and clients realize that they, despite of their sexual orientation, can participate in the Church. Both the LGBT community and the Christian community misunderstand each other. The Gay Christian Network, I believe, is the largest organization that is working to bridge the divide. They are actively trying to tell LGBT folks that Christianity is an inclusive religion (despite what many Christian leaders say), as well as trying to tell Christians that people who are LGBT are perfectly normal and should be included in the Church.

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

people's lives.

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

do my best to maintain the thriving community it offers.

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

that I've met tons of people and developed more as a person.

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

very understanding and gracious.

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

significantly expand into other sectors such as multiple headquarters, added staff and management, and funding for many public projects.

Ways to make it better...

things got done quicker.

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

lack of needed funds.

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

it's the best non-profit I know of.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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