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: 4 stars  

GCN is awesome. This web is the reason I'm still holding on to what I believe, and that is God. Before finding this site I always thought that I was alone. but not anymore. I meet the most wonderful people on this site, and some of them became my best friends. Thanks GCN.

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

making friends and keeping my faith

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

Help gay people in asia, specially in my country to migrate to other country where gay people are accepted

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Rating: 5 stars  

In a world that's often quite hostile towards gay people, the church regretfully plays a unhelpful role (to put it mildly). Many people assume that the Bible condemns homosexuality and they take this for granted, without even bothering to check the facts. We need more gay christians who have the knowledge, the compassion and the courage to face these challenges head on. GCN plays an important role in this discussion and at the same time it helps gay christians to build their own community.

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

It helped me to overcome my animosity towards the christian churches. I believe that trough websites and organisations like this we can reclaim the bible and restore its original message.

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

Make it more international (although they already are trying to achieve this).

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Rating: 4 stars  

GNC was a website a Christian friend found for me after my daughter came out to me. When I told my daughter about it, all she could say was, "Christian and Gay are two words I never would have put together". All she had read on the internet was very hateful words which made her think that she could no longer belong to the family of God, and that her father and I would no longer love her once we found out she was gay. (because we are Christian) We went to their convention and found some healing and a feeling of belonging that has been missing for some time. There is still so much hurt though, and so much reconciling to be done. I really hope you consider this non-profit worthy of attention and support.

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

Having the courage to be an "out of the closet" supporter of the GLBT community. Without the support of other Christians (who I don't think I would have know are out there without this website) I think I would have stayed hidden.

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

Have them consider more thoughtfully my faith beliefs, which are Christian Universalism. (the belief that through Jesus, all souls will eventually be reconciled to God)

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Rating: 5 stars  

My personal experience with The Gay Christian Network has been an absolute GOD send. I've attend the GCN conference in Denver this past January and was blessed in so many ways. In more ways then I may have ever expected.

GCN has saved my life and my mind. Accepting myself as who God made me to be is a real blessing. Without GCN this would've never happened.

God Bless GCN!

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

Denver, Colorado

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

None! They do an excellent job already!

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Rating: 4 stars  

GCN has been the most important website in my life. It was because of this site that I learned that I was not alone, that there were many other Christian men just like myself that struggled their whole life with same sex attraction. I had been trained prior to believe that I lacked faith and was defective spiritually and it was my fault that God refused to hear my consistent prayers for an alteration of my orientation. Without GCN I might never have received the inner peace that I have now and I don't know if my walk with God would still exist. I am extremely grateful for this ministry and know without any doubt that it has been transformed the lives of many individuals for the better.

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

participating in conversations on message boards and reading what others wrote.

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

I don't have any advice for change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN is a place for people to be who they are. I love that it is a safe place, and a place where like minded Christian Believers can share their hurts, and rejoice in victories!! I am so glad God led me to GCN when I was searching for a place that would speak to my deepest heart. The ministry that happens in this sweet place is so desparately needed in such a time as this. I am a grateful member of GCN.

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

GCN has encouraged me in my faith, and accepting that a great God loves me for me, not what the world, or church, says I am.

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

Increase their budget for education and outreach...and that costs MONEY!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I finally came to terms with being a Lesbian and a Christian at the same time - I did not know where to turn. Then I searched for Gay Christain on the internet and found this website. It was what I needed. It has a section talking about the specific points regarding Christianity and homosexuality. And then a message board to connect with other Gay Christians. And now I am connected with other Christians in my area and not only connect on the website but also in person.

This community is open and accepting and there to help and support all Gay Christians and their family.

No only is it a website and connecting locally but also they have an annual conference which I am looking forward to attending the next one.

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

Being able to accept my self as Lesbian and find a group of Christians that understand what it is like to be Gay and Christian has helped me in this part of my life journey.

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

Well this is a hard one - Maybe help coordinate regional area's to address issues within the Church and accepting gays.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network is the light in the darkness that is sometimes found in being gay and Christian. I found the organization to be a really caring place for people who are gay to find support in their daily lives and to live as Christians. While primarily Christian based, GCN is open to anyone.

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

I have found the members to be a great resource and support to me during some pretty dark times in my life and in some celebrations. I have not had the fortune to go to their annual conference, but I know several who have and have found it to be wonderful.

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

Grow it further and further!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

A friend...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN is probably the #1 gay christian network on the web. It serves a very diverse group of denominations and does a lot to support gay Christians as well as their friends and family.

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

a very positive way.

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

Continue to expand to provide in-person support groups in as many geographic areas as possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Gay Christian Network provides a supportive system for gay, lesbian and transgendered persons on the basis of Christ's love for EVERYONE! As gay males, my partner and I were removed from membership in the Church of the Nazarene because we were gay. GCN provided a place where I could connect with others, find acceptance and learn more about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

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

When I went through a period of suicide thoughts the people of GCN were there for me.

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

Sometimes it seems like it can be hard to be accepted in by some members.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

search engine

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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