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  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This ministry saves lives. I am a gay, 20 year old male who was raised a very conservative, fundamentalist Christian household. I needed someone or something that would help me figure out that what had made me so depressed and overweight and unpopular for most of my life up to age 19 was because I was denying who I was. I was living in a world of black and whites, when the world is gray. It gave me the possibility of happiness found through accepting an essential, God-given part of me - my sexual orientation - instead of painfully denying and attempting to suppress it. It kept me from committing suicide over the despair of trying (and having failed) to change through ex-gay therapy for almost 4 years. If that doesn't far exceed the expectation of what a non-profit should do, I'm not quite sure what does.

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

the essential aspects of my life.

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

figure out ways to increase the activities of the regional groups. Face-to-face contact from GLBT Christian to GLBT Christian would be even more effective, powerful tool at changing lives.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

Everything

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

Do nothing

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

many ways

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

i really haven't found anything about this organization that needs changing. it is excellently set up for people who just want to brouwse anonymously and learn or participate a great deal.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

My life.

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

Make it more friendly to Europeans.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

every single aspect of my life.

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

not.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

my life. GCN has shown me that I am not alone. That I am not some out cast from God's love. I may not be perfect but God does love me. The church at large says there is no place for me in the body of Christ. But that is not true. That is why GCN is there, to show me there is a place for me in God's family.

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

Encourage GCN to work harder to dispel the commonly accepted belief in the church that all gays live wild immoral life styles. The church is much too unaware that there are gay men and women who believe in Jesus Christ and attempt to follow Him the best they can.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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.

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

It's great getting Biblical support from the WUM people and hearing their point of view. I believe they are doing a great deal for people who struggle with their sexuality and being a true Christian in a relationship with Christ.

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

Not sure I would change anything specifically. I don't do much on social networking sites -- I do much better being with people in person. It would be nice if they had an organization close to where I live, or a gay-accepting church in my area.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about GCN from another web site as a link.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

how I feel

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

make it grow

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

breathing new life back into my own Christian faith, as I experienced the grace and love of gay Christians for me and for my son. As a straight mom, I too have been given the courage to "come out of the closet" and become more authentic and open about sharing my beliefs and experience.

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

not change a single thing!

 
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