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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Religion, Religion-Related, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

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

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Michael73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

This organization is eerily similar to the same churches the protest against. From the outside they look like a safe-haven; a place where you can learn and grow in Christ while being open and honest about who you are without the fear of condemnation or judgment. However, once one becomes active within the community they find it is a terribly different story. You are severely restricted on your ability to share ideas if it goes against the general consensus and will become a target of threats and condemnation if you stand firm to what you believe in. Psychologically speaking this site is a very detrimental site to the recovery of those who are seeking help from it. I have several reasons for saying this. First; their idea of support is enabling those seeking support to continue to wallow in their problems while providing them with no more than half hearted, truly empty positive affirmations. However their guise of Christian is no more than that. In promoting the sovereignty of Christ on that site, along with faith in Him and the Word you place yourself at being ejected from the site. They will so hatefully condemn the heterosexual community for their lack of acceptance just to turn around and do the same to those who come to their site seeking fellowship w/other bible believing homosexuals. I would not donate to this site whatsoever as it is unfruitful; a fact that is evident from it's stagnation in development and technology in spite of it's decade in existence. Any homosexuals, or family members of homosexuals seeking spiritual support would be better going to Exodus International. While I do not believe with Exodus International's agenda to make everyone "ex-gay" their practices and faith are more consistent with Christs teaching and they do stand a better chance of inciting personal growth within those who reach out to them. --M. J. Thomas D.Div

Mike H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Christian minister I realize that the LGBTQ has been all too often demonized b y the Church, leading those of faith in the community with no where to turn and causing folks to feel bad about themselves.
GCN is a marvelous antidote to this. They do great work, and are firmly committed to both people and Christ.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with many gay and lesbian clients. This website has proved to be an invaluable resource in helping my clients connect with other like-minded individuals throughout the country.

Review from Guidestar

Steve S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GCN is a vital resource to youth, especially, in their journey of self-discovery and integration of their same-sex sexual orientation and evangelical Christian faith. By providing an online social network and community of support, GCN is a unique lifeline for those who are often marginalized and persecuted by their families and church friends. Its written resources, videos, chatrooms, conferences, and opportunities for local connection save lives, literally. I'm proud to refer people to GCN and to support this ministry as a donor.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GCN is a very good, long term, and strong standing ministry of "Faith in Christ for ALL People" at home and around the world. The dedication of its founder and supporters can not be beat. There is nothing that could replace the ministry GCN has given to the people. GCN serves such great need for love, acceptance, and a commitment to regular communication for everyone who will listen to hear.

Robbie Ousley
www.UNIDIVERSAL.com

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The GCN touches lives of Christian Gay men and women who need to know that God loves them and accepts them actually as they are. It has been my joy to share with others how this journey is shared by many, and you do not have to be excluded for who you are.
At a recent conference, a young man from Chicago told me how I had saved his life through my youtube messages on the dangers of ex-gay ministry. He would have gone there because he didn't want to go to hell for being gay. My message gave him hope that God had created him as a gay man and he could embrace that, along with his faith.

Review from Guidestar

Kori A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with several organizations like GCN however this group is so dedicated to their mission and have really truly been an amazing support system to thousands of people who feel neglected, abandoned and rejected. GCN offers support, encouragement and wonderful counseling that has not only affect my life personally, but many many more.

Review from Guidestar

9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

First and foremost I want to say this... some organizations say "everyone is welcome," and some mean it, some don't... The Gay Christian Network takes it to a whole new level. Everything they strive to do, they do in a spirit of unconditional love. You need to be involved with this organization regardless of your sexual orientation... it will radically change your life if you let it. I honestly can't make my experience fit in this text box, but I will tell you that if you are having ANY struggle with being LGBT, THIS IS THE PLACE YOU NEED TO BE!!!

10

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been aware of GCN for several years and have attended their conference. It is a compassionate group that is a Godsend to the population they serve. GCN rocks!!! ~ devena

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent resources for positive interaction with the Gay Christian Community. As a straight pastor ministering to a large number of gay Christians this has been a fantastic organization.