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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

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for supporting people who were born LGBT.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN has been a place of hope and community for me. One can post prayer requests and get support when in the lowest of times - often, for many of us, when we come out and our fellow Christians denigrate and hurt us. Finding support - even if it is from someone far away - is essential to our learning to accept ourselves. I have not personally experienced organized in-person community on a more local or regional basis in person through GCN; perhaps that is an area for improvement.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of The Gay Christian Network is not something you can quantify. You can't put it into words. You can't fit it into a box. The kind of work organizations like GCN do is life-giving. It, in a few inadequate words, allows the "gay" person or the person with "same-sex attractions" to experience that they are loved - whether they act out on those feelings or not. GCN loves and affirms one where they are. There is no pressure. There is a prayer board. There is discussion. There is community. I have experienced the power of the love and concern of people for me that I have never met before; a kind of love and support that literally keeps you going. Things can be dark in this world for someone with gay feelings - sometimes especially within religious settings. To hear that God loves you no matter what anyone has to say about it - no matter what your position is on whatever - is something I can't describe. Non-profits like GCN undoubtedly deserve our respect and appreciation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helped me realize that its okay to be myself!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so relieved to find GCN so that I knew I was not alone. I am a straight christian and I would like to see full equal respect and love go out to ALL members of Christ's body, especially including our glbt brothers and sisters.

Gay C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been a real help to me, the site is great and forums and I've got in touch with other gay christian people what a support.

Thanks GCN

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has literally saved my life. At a time in my life when I was sure that the God that I loved so much hated me for the way that He made me, I found GCN in the Summer of 2009, and found out that I couldn't be farther from the truth. I learned that God loved me just the way I was.
Thank you, GCN. Words aren't enough.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AS a christian man it is most difficult to go to church or at times to be apart of the Christian religion when so much gay bashing seems to be the norm within the christian community. I have not yet had the pleasure to attend at GCN conference. However the GCN web site has so much information to aid a person struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality. I have listened to several of the radio broadcasts and it is difficult to explain just how some of the interviews gave me a word of encouragement at a moment when I so needed it. If I can say it without sounding perhaps shallow, the GCN website is a great internet friend. I hope to attend the GCN conference in January 2012 in Orlando FL.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I appreciate Jason's research on the Gay Christian issue and his opinion on GCN. I've read his articles. I also appreciate the support and views of the people in the Waiting Until Marriage section. I believe sex is intended, by God, for marriage only, and it's very helpful having the support from like-minded people on GCN.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THis group gives us all hope that the world might understand and can chnge how they view gays, Christian or not.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is an amazing organization which provides support and resources to people who want to find a way to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation, and to the people who love them. When people within our church responded with judgment and rejection to our efforts to have an honest discussion about this issue, GCN provided the safety, support, and Christian fellowship we needed. GCN is a lifeline where most churches fall short. Our son is one among many who might not be alive today without GCN.

Review from Guidestar