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  

I became involved with GCN about 1 year ago, and it has been a driving factor in the growth of my spiritual experience ever since. This organization serves people all over the globe, and does it on a shoestring budget. They have an outstanding staff of caring and educated individuals who work diligently every day to help serve those with great need in spiritual and emotional concerns.

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

spiritual growth and networking. Being a Gay Christian in America sounds like an oxymoron to most people, and if you are one, being the marginalized outsider can be devastating to say the least. GCN is helping to bridge the gap to those fighting loneliness and the loss of value by people they love, and the perceived notion that God hates them too. This organization has been the hope for many, and I am sure has saved many from ridicule and depression that can be deadly.

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

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN was there for me in a crucial time of spiritual and emotional development. After coming out of ex-gay therapy and organizations for nearly 5 years, I needed a home where people could accept me, and love me while I figured myself out. And that's what GCN provided me. Their Side A AND Side B communities were wonderful. I developed some deep, lasting friendships that continue to this day. They provided me community, love, support, and care when I needed it most. I'm forever indebted to Justin and Ron for their gracious, generous leadership, and for helping to create such an AMAZING organization!

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

the way that I approach matters of my sexuality and in how I see myself. I feel like I have a place I can always go to and receive love and care.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through their annual conference, online message boards, and regional gatherings, GCN brings much needed hope to people across the sexual identity spectrum who are struggling to integrate their faith into their whole selves.

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

the many new friends I've found and the much deeper connections I've developed with other GLBT people who also strive to follow orthodox Christian teachings. These relationships have been crucial to my self acceptance, ability to love others, and general mental health.

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

give them more funding and redesign their web site.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I was adopted at age 14 by a pastor and his wife back in 1988. I embraced Christianity around the time of my adoption. But had a hard time understanding my thoughts and feelings toward other girls. In 2004, after falling in love with my best girl friend, I realized I was mostly attracted to women and was gay. I went through ex-gay therapy which seemed to bring in more self hatred and insecurity to my unchanged orientation. I found Gay Christian Network the summer of 2007 and the community helped me change my view of how God saw me as well as how I felt about myself. I am tremendously grateful for GCN being there at one of the most crucial times in my life where everywhere I turned, I could not find ample support. I am now living a healthy, vibrant life, and have embraced who I am. Thanks, GCN for being there for me!

Gloria

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

GCN helped me view the scriptures differently and to embrace my orientation instead of reject it. I see my orientation as a gift worth celebrating.

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

I would want the site to embrace all faiths like the Unite Church of Christ.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful group! This group provides a level of critical engagement between GLBT people of faith and the broader Christian community. Its service is unique, genuine, and incredibly effective as it builds bridges between two seemingly disparate groups.

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

the way it has supported this forgotten minority community

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

update its confusing website

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

A lot

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

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

online

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

i don't feel so bad about myself anymore

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

I believe that the Gay Christian Network is full of resources for Christians who wish to commune with each other. It also has small groups such as side b, people of color, mixed orientation marriages, and so on; for those who need these individualized or theme specific groups. I am thankful that a christian outlet such as the Gay Christian Network exists.

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

Sharing experiences as well as giving and receiving notes of encouragement and support

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

I wouldn't change a thing

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN is a great way to connect with other LGBT Christians. This population is often overlooked by both the broader Christian and LGBT communities. GCN has been a great resource, by providing a forum where people can chat and support each other in both faith and relationship issues, and by putting together annual conferences. It is also a great way to network and find people in your area to work with for local activities.

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

I've seen many people using the forums to talk through struggles they're having with their faith, family, and relationships. I think many people do not have a similar group of like-minded people in their offline lives.

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

Make it bigger! I would love to see more local groups.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This site has changed my life!
I never knew this kind of support was out there for me.
I was about to give up all hope for trying to reconcile my religious experience with my personal life...and then a friend mentioned this site to me.

It has given me great connections and the strength and confidence to surge forward in my life.

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

I've directed several friends to this site to help them with some major life decisions. Some were literally on the brink of suicide. But this site showed us a way toward hope.

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

Provide it with more resources to communicate to our community that this site exists and can be a great bridge between gay people and religious organizations

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN is a safe place for gay Christians to spend time with each other, voice concerns, and learn that they're not alone in their struggles.

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

...my own life. I've been able to learn about homosexuality and Christianity.

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

Increase membership.

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN is a "lighthouse" on the stormy sea of life for gay Christians. I first discovered this organization by googling "gay Christian." I listened to inspiring testimonials of noted gay Christians on GCN radio who had gone through trials and tribulations as a result of being a gay Christian and how they had handled those situations. GCN offers a very inspiring conference once a year where gay Christians can share their stories and hear engaging speakers challenge us in our spiritual growth. As a 70-year-old, I am so grateful that help is now available for the young Christian who realizes that his or her sexuality conflicts with what he/she has been taught.

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

meeting my needs for fellowship with other gay Christians.

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

communicate more with members. For instance, many of us were interested in participating in the volunteer project at the Conference in Denver, but never received specific information about it. I would also caution GCN to guard against having the organization become overbalanced toward a men's organization - so far, so good.

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