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  

This website has so many aspects of service. Dealing with gay issues, with Christian issues and addiction issues. The website meets needs on so many levels - social, spiritual and physical.

They are also careful who they let in and who has access, so in the additiction chat sites, they are members who are there for a reasion.

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

hearing from others how they deal with addiction issues

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

no changes needed

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Rating: 5 stars  

Was referred to GCN a couple of years ago. It has been a real inspiration for me - both as a unseful and balanced resource on Biblical theology, but as also a way of maying connections in the gay Christian community - many of whom are now my friends. It has been a real spiritual blessing.

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

making me think more about theology and the Bible

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

resource it better so there could be conferences for people in different parts of the world

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network (or GCN as we like to call it) has been an amazing resource that has changed my life in a very positive way. I have met so many wonderful friends that share both my faith and my journey to reconcile my faith and my sexuality.

I am very fortunate to be in an area with a very large and active GCN community. We get together and have potlucks, Bible studies, game nights, Christmas parties, birthday parties, or just about anything else that we can make an excuse to get together for. It's a great community both online and offline and has made such a positive difference in my life. This year I was able to attend the annual GCN Conference. The speakers were amazing and once again I was blessed by this ministry.

I'm very glad that its the first result on Google when you search for "gay christian." It has helped thousands of LGBT people in need and I know they will continue to do so.

Thanks GCN!

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I have made a lot of wonderful friends. It's awesome to be involved with like minded individuals that understand what you are going through.

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

I wish more people knew about GCN.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN has helped me live my life an immeasurable amount!!

Confidence to be who I was fearfully and wonderfully created to be, without fear or condemnation!
Courage to share my story and help those who have been oppressed by ancient doctrinal values and standards in the church falsely under the name of an all loving God!
Comedy, contacts, confidence in terms of trust, c

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

the fact that my entire self image is secure and positive. I can live without barriers or insecurity!!!

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

contemporise the website layout, further expand the localities and groupings.

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Rating: 5 stars  

For far too long, I'd felt that my only options were either to be Christian by minimizing my humanity or to be gay my minimizing my faith... or to be delusional. GCN has kept me sane, given me quite a bit of personal support, and shown me that there are thousands of other out there like me.
This sounds like a cliche, but there honestly aren't ANY other organizations that structure their beliefs the same way at GCN, and I'm thankful for all they've done.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in the way I felt after reading "Great Debate" essays on the website. I knew that GCN did not just water down the Bible, but had very firm (and surprisingly conservative) beliefs.

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

If I had to make changes to GCN, I would make it more public. Because there are so few organizations with the same dogma, GCN has to be extremely careful not to step on any toes. If something in a random press release accidentally offended a certain group, GCN could potentially loose an audience that would have otherwise benefited from their message, and I feel this level of walking on eggshells sometimes hurts them. They occasionally can't say what they perhaps would like to.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network is an amazing organization! They helped me immensely while I was trying to to reconcile my faith and my sexuality and I know that they have done the same for so many others. Additionally, they do great work within the larger Christian community to try and help make it a more welcoming place for all LGBT people.

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

Helping me to understand what it means to be gay and Christian and to meet other like-minded people.

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

There's nothing specific I would change.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I came to GCN when I was at a very low point in my life. I was the victim of a crime and GCN was my first point of non-discriminatory Christian support. Many persons expressed their support for me during that time. I am extremely happy to have found GCN.

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

Numerous ways

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

Have a chat system in place.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've found GCN to be a most interesting and informative site. It's been particularly helpful in broadening my persepctives on how we live and move and have our being. I've been moved by many of the life stories, and stimulated by many of the points of view expressed. And I've been informed by reading the debates and other expressions of a atheological nature. This is a great resource!

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

My way of thinking about many of the theological, ethical and political qeustions we face.

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

Can't think of any at the moment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is not enough available memory on this site for me to even begin to express what GCN means to me. It has been by far the single most helpful site for me while I was coming out. It continues to help me keep things in proper focus and reclaim my self esteem as a valid individual. I am grateful for their site and organization in general. I guarantee they help save lives on a regular basis. Coming to terms with one's sexuality is difficult and there are a lot of encouraging people at GCN!

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

My everyday life. I am on their site a lot and read their forums, mostly. I learn a lot about the gay community there.

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

I would hope they gain more funding to spread their message even further!

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN is a wonderful and most needed tool to access people who are both Christian and gay. GCN has provided support and connection and I do believe that through GCN both lives and souls were saved.

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

my personal life: I have connected to people I would otherwise not have me and I have profited from their support, their counsel, and their prayers.

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

sing its song more loudly

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