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 is a fabulous resource for LGBT (and questioning) people who are also Christian. Joining GCN has given me access to many people who have a great idea of what it means to be gay and Christian. I have received wonderful advice from GCN users and I have also been able to give advice of my own. GCN also has allowed me to meet new friends. Best of all, GCN has allowed me to make prayer requests and offer prayer for people in need.

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

... the friends that I have. My social life has always been quite limited because in the past being gay and still a follower of Christ has made me feel abnormal and isolated. I have and continue to be able to find people that I can help out and be helped by. I am hopeful that some of the friends I have made on GCN will be life-long friends.

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

... give examples to users of how a written message can often be interpreted in two or more ways. Due to the sensitive subjects at hand (being LGBT and Christian), there are an endless range of opinions from GCN users. Sometimes it is difficult to realize and remember that a written user message/post may not have the negative (or positive) tone that the message appears to have. Having example posts and possible interpretations might make this more clear to some users.

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?

Google

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

When i first came out as a Gay Christian, my life was falling apart. My parents looked down at me, my friends thought I was insane, even my church kicked me out. But the GCN helped me along, the people are the best, the workers and volunteers are so helpful and the owner.. well words can't describe how much he's helped put my mind and spirit at ease.

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

my daily life. they've changed how I view myself and deepened my love for God

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

have more conferences in Tennessee lol

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?

I was searching for somewhere, anywhere to help pick me up after falling spiritually.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN provides a truly unique and desperately needed service to the LGBT community and it's allies. There are few organizations that provide the level of support and community that I have experienced with GCN. They are saving and changing lives daily with the way they are serving this community!

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

The relationships and connections I've built with the LGBT community, as well as other allies around the country that are working to build bridges between the evangelical church and the LGBT community.

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

Just keep doing what you're doing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Before finding GCN I was having a hard time reconciling my faith with my sexuality. I'd embrace one part of who I was, and ignore the other to try and fit into what every community I was in at the moment. It was crazy. The friendships I have made at GCN have let me embrace myself as a whole human being... one who is Christian and gay.

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

friendships I have made. Many friendships in the gay community tend to be superficial. My GCN friends are family.

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

try to have more retreats where people could pray together.

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?

Internet search

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Christian gay man that has struggled with how this could be for 27 years. I came across The Gay Christian Network after coming to the end of my rope so to speak. I found there a community of people just like me! I found many interesting articles that helped me tremendously on my journey to accepting myself and realizing that I am accepted by God.

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

see above

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

Want them to have the ability to expand their help to others like me and reach out to more people through their work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization offers hope, encouragement, and affirmation to those children of God disenfranchised by the Church. They make the concept of "What would Jesus do?" more than just an idea - they MAKE IT A REALITY by inclusiveness and acceptance of ALL Christians.

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

Broadening my contacts and learning more about others.

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

I'd have local meetings in my geographical area.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Good organization. This is a bunch of BS going through all of these hoops and hurdles.

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

Attended annual conference.

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

Make it financially possible to be accessible to more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since I became a member of Gay Christian Network (GCN), their mission-mindedness has rejuvenated my faith and services to humanity. The Organization has reached out to so many people in and outside the country who are being marginalized, discriminated and bullied because of whom they are. They're working hard to give hope to the hopeless, help to the helpless, home to the homeless and love to the hated just because of their sex orientatation. This is mission in practice. I owe them every thing good for their growth and expansion.

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

In the area of outreach, counseling, spiritual,physical and emotional support.

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

for now, I haven't seen anything to be changed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GCN has really given me a circle of friends that truly understand and support me in the things I'm going through. They reach out and help others with no kind of expectations for anything in return.

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

the support I've received during tough times in my life.

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

make their website a little more user friendly.

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Rating: 4 stars  

When I learned that my son had discovered he is gay, I was concerned for his belief in God. GCN helped me to see that gays can definitely be Christian!

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

my relationship with my son and with other gays that I meet.

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

I don't know of any specific changes that I would recommend.

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