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The Gay Christian Network

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Nonprofit Overview

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

343 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 4

I was adopted at age 14 by a pastor and his wife back in 1988. I embraced Christianity around the time of my adoption. But had a hard time understanding my thoughts and feelings toward other girls. In 2004, after falling in love with my best girl friend, I realized I was mostly attracted to women and was gay. I went through ex-gay therapy which seemed to bring in more self hatred and insecurity to my unchanged orientation. I found Gay Christian Network the summer of 2007 and the community helped me change my view of how God saw me as well as how I felt about myself. I am tremendously grateful for GCN being there at one of the most crucial times in my life where everywhere I turned, I could not find ample support. I am now living a healthy, vibrant life, and have embraced who I am. Thanks, GCN for being there for me!

Gloria

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful group! This group provides a level of critical engagement between GLBT people of faith and the broader Christian community. Its service is unique, genuine, and incredibly effective as it builds bridges between two seemingly disparate groups.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I believe that the Gay Christian Network is full of resources for Christians who wish to commune with each other. It also has small groups such as side b, people of color, mixed orientation marriages, and so on; for those who need these individualized or theme specific groups. I am thankful that a christian outlet such as the Gay Christian Network exists.

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Matthew B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

GCN is a place where I can go as a person of faith; a catholic gay man.I can go there to chat with other gay catholics and the broad church of christianity. So many gay & lesbian people recieve negative messages from their faiths that this place is truly special in that it is affirming and has something for every type of christian. I can do this whether I be in the warmth of a place where i am accepted, tolerated and valued by my fellow human beings or on one of those cold days when I have heard or experienced hate. St Francis said "that in giving we recieve..." so additionally on this site i can support others in heir faith and human struggle to live.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

During chapters of my life when I had no brick-&-mortar faith community to speak of, GCN offered me the loving support and empowering community that I needed in order to grow further in my faith & be reconciled to my identity as a gay person. From the few years I spent as an active posting member there, I experienced and witnessed countless others experience transformation directly as a result of access to other faithful gay Christians and so many loving allies. The effect of GCN on my young adult life is not to be underestimated. I regard them as highly worthy of any available funding or institutional support.

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Tim A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a great way to connect with other LGBT Christians. This population is often overlooked by both the broader Christian and LGBT communities. GCN has been a great resource, by providing a forum where people can chat and support each other in both faith and relationship issues, and by putting together annual conferences. It is also a great way to network and find people in your area to work with for local activities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network is like no other network in the world! It has encouraged me many times when I was feeling low. I'm so glad to be included in the world of networks because GCN makes it possible.

Please understand that it's important to me that this network stays "on" because it makes it seem that I count! I have a voice in what goes on in the world! I hope that if you haven't taken the time to look into this network, that you will now do it. You'll no doubt see what I see in that it makes it possible for me to be included . . . and you too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This site has changed my life!
I never knew this kind of support was out there for me.
I was about to give up all hope for trying to reconcile my religious experience with my personal life...and then a friend mentioned this site to me.

It has given me great connections and the strength and confidence to surge forward in my life.

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leon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a safe place for gay Christians to spend time with each other, voice concerns, and learn that they're not alone in their struggles.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a "lighthouse" on the stormy sea of life for gay Christians. I first discovered this organization by googling "gay Christian." I listened to inspiring testimonials of noted gay Christians on GCN radio who had gone through trials and tribulations as a result of being a gay Christian and how they had handled those situations. GCN offers a very inspiring conference once a year where gay Christians can share their stories and hear engaging speakers challenge us in our spiritual growth. As a 70-year-old, I am so grateful that help is now available for the young Christian who realizes that his or her sexuality conflicts with what he/she has been taught.

Bruce S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ministry of the Gay Christian Network has been a wonderful source of support and encouragement for me as a Christian who happens to be gay. Their website provides many opportunities thru message boards, videos, articles and get-togethers to show support and encouragement to the growing family at GCN. I have met some incredible brothers and sisters in Christ thru some of the regional events and I will be forever changed due to the relationships I have built with these dear people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

GCN has been both an inspiration and a resource to touch others who need friendship, prayers or advice with coping in a world that often turns a blind eye to diversity.
I have made some lasting friendships through GCN's resources because GCN is full of real people just like you and me. It's not only an online community of hope...people have extended their social 'real life' networks via the message boards and available Conferences and workshops offered by GCN and it's staff. To receive and give support in a 'safe' environment where individuals meet and find that they are not alone in their spiritual and personal journeys is a great asset in this day and time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Nellie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GNC is the only christian non profit orginisation in the world that seemed to excist on the internet. Being a citizen of Germany, it was not possible for me to communicate with any other GLBT Christians in my city. With GCN, I am connected to others who believe and want to make a difference in the lives of young members of the GLBT society.

My family ws not very supportive, and being able to realise that there are other GLBT christians, who even would like to help and contact me, really changed my life. Dialogue is very important for someone in a depressive situation like I found myself in.

Through the DVD "Through my eyes" (a project of the GCNetwork), I was able to open the eyes of those in my direct surroundings, conscerning the GLBT youth, and esspecially the views of christians in the matter of homosexuality.

This site would be missed, if ever it would not excist anymore.

Daniel

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Mark K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It serves an important function in letting glbt individuals know they can be a Christian just as they are without changing their sexuality.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I check this website in order to follow the connection between the "LGBT world" and the Church.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a dominant, though not the only, organization that effectively represents thousands of Christians who happen to also be gay with dignity and respect. Sigh of relief, encouragement and education are some of the results of their service which is quite refreshing.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

this is really good site. i recomend it very much for gays and lesbi cristians. you are welcome!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first came to the site, I was expecting a lot of people who didn't know what they were talking about. But as I read the blogs and forum posts I realized that all these people here had answers and I saw a bigger picture of who Christ is through it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN inspired me to rebuild my relationship with God.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this site via a friend, and while online found out about the annual conference, having experience in the production side of events like this, I volunteered to help design, program and run the lighting for this event. While doing this, I found that I got far more out of the event than I ever could have ever imagined.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a conservative Christian coming to terms with being gay, it was hard to find resources to help me make sense of this. I found the Gay Christian Network (GCN) online, and it provided me with a strong tangible sense of support. I not only met members online and received support from them, but I was able to attend functions and make friends with many of them. I was also able to encourage and support others at GCN struggling with the same issues. Over the years I have attended the national annual conference twice and have attended the CampOut event in the summer three times. It has been wonderful and has helped me to see that it is ok to Christian and gay and that my life is not ruined but instead is opening to a new chapter of joy, friends and possibilities.

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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.

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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.

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Neo B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN has been an instrument of GOD for me to reconcile my faith and sexuality and eventually unlearn and learn the truth about homosexuality

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Gary A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was married for 21 years, and have two children. My wife and I served as Associate Pastors, and then as missionaries in Africa for a total of 8 years in ministry. Until recently, I have had a difficult time bringing my faith together with my sexuality. Reading GCN gives me hope and support as I continue that journey....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN has been on the front line for those of us who have been alienated from our major denominations with a welcoming and helpful presence. They are showing us that God truly loves us just as we are.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Through GCN I've found friends and community after years of feeling isolated and alone. First, I developed relationships online, and now that has moved to meeting people in person and becoming true friends.

GCN is a safe place for people to grow!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a gay man living in a very conservate community it is enlightning to have an online community where I can be with others like myself that are discovering and working on their relationship with God! We are all on different religious paths but with GCN we come together as one.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN has been a very important part of my life for over two years now. I love the faith community that is found in the forums. It is a way for gay Christians to find affirmation in others and that it IS possible to be both gay and Christian. In my opinion, it better helps us to seek God's will when we can live our lives authentic and whole by being who we were created to be.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found GCN after a quick search on the Internet for the terms "gay" and "Christian". After clicking on their link and reviewing the forum posting I encountered a community that would profoundly challenge and inspire me in my own spiritual life as a gay young man of faith.

Most of the faith based organizations I had dealt with in my life had always considered me a second class Christian and my opinions, ideas and beliefs were often discarded as ill-informed or misaligned with the truth presented by the church.

At GCN, I found and encountered a group of people that accepted me as I am and would dialogue with me on a personal level about the unique questions and circumstances I found myself in. This was a place as diverse as the world I live in and always offered a fresh and new perspective to each situation and query I had.

I would encourage those of the LGBT community, their friends, families and peers to take a few moments to check GCN out. The moderators and members are always open to questions and comments and I have yet to come away from an exchange their without a fresh look at life, a profound love and acceptance and many detailed views about something I could only see from my own dimension.

Daemon

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This network really helped me through one of the toughest times in my life. Being gay and fighting cancer, i felt like I had no where to turn. But this network changed all that for me. It helped me see through the storm I was in. The lord and jesus christ are apart of my everyday life cause of the GCN.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN provides badly needed encouragement and information to those caught in the cross fire of the culture war between gays and christians. As one who has a foot in each camp, I am so thankful that GCN provides a generous and safe space for many to reconcile their faith and their sexual orientation, no easy task for anyone, let alone for those who are routinely persecuted and ostracized by those who claim to share their faith. Through its rich and varied content of internet radio, real world conferences, community forum, chat, and one-on-one correspondence as well as its resources and outreach to churches, GCN is an oasis of sanity, understanding, tolerance, and true christian love amid a desert of animus and fear mongering. I can only imagine how many young lives have been saved through this vitally important work. For example, I learned about how the "clobber" passages in the Bible have been misused to attack those with same sex attraction. At the conferences in Nashville in 2010 and Denver in 2011, I learned a great deal about the whole spectrum of non-heterosexual individuals and about christians who affirm them. This helped me to reconcile my faith with my sexuality and has helped me to move on to a more positive, rich, and fulfilling life. It also helped me to enable my family to understand my situation and be more accepting.

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timothylondon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have no experience in particular. I am living in UK London and Couldn't meet up any Christian gay people yet. I really wish to do so.
However, I didn't give up. I am still hoping that I will find someone on this site who can help me to get contact with Londoner gay Christian guys.

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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

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Deborah Z.

Client Served

Rating: 4

This group is a great safe way to explore both being gay and Christian. If on-line friends is what you're looking for, this is the place! There are discussions and forums that are interesting and timely. The best feature is that you can be involved to the extent you choose: volunteer, browse, comment, leader, etc. I hear the conferences are something to be treasured and remembered.

When I needed prayer this group was really compassionate and receptive of welcoming me. That really made a difference in a difficult time in my life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It has been tough since I became a Christian as a gay. GCN provides a good platform for me to understand more about myself, my faith and my understanding of Christianity. I also have to chance to meet other gay Christian friends to encourage each other. I know this is a place where I could go to when I have difficulties.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is a need that has been growing in our public for quite sometime and GCN fills this need so wonderfully. MANY individuals who are marginalized for either being gay or being a Christian have found a home here. I have yet to get really involved, but am so thankful for the resources and support that GCN provides. A couple of years ago I think I would have really lost myself had it not been for GCN

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was struggling to reconcile my Christian beliefs with my newly found love, and i had no one to turn to because everyone around me was Christian and I knew for the most part they all believed what I was considering doing--starting a life with the person I want marry--was a sin. GCN was there for me when no one else was. I needed the support of fellow believers to get me past the judgmentalism, legalism, and later the shunning I received from my family after coming out. GCN radio is my favorite part of GCN because it encourages my heart to listen.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN provides space for ongoing conversations between faith and sexual identity that are crucially important. Harmonizing these two things can be life-changing, and in that way, GCN is not only a safe space, but a space for empowerment and a place to thrive. GCN's annual conference has also hosted a musical comedy that shows the creative ways in which dialogue can take place. Brilliant!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a lifeline for Christians who happen to be LGBT.
A point of information and support.
It breaks the isolation.
It saves lives.

Jamesy D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organisation for learning more about what it means to be a Gay Christian, with plenty of access to information and support. Also a great place for meeting and networking - online, in chat, via events. A real community for people who face a struggle on all sides.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Gay Christian Network is a beacon of light and hope for many gay/lesbian/bisexual Christians who are seeking either to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation and/or who are seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ as same-sex oriented Christians. The Gay Christian Network, through its website, forum for sharing and conferences, reaches out to huge numbers of individuals living in remote as well as urbanised locations. It does so while upholding the integrity of the Gospel message. I thank God for the GCN and support its mission to bring Christ closer to many people who would not otherwise draw near to Him. Additionally, the GCN reaches out to the heterosexual Christian community in order to promote understanding and compassion between both groups. This is also a vital mission as we are all God's children whom He loves without favour.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The support given to me when I first found out my oldest son was gay, and the help to my son and myself over many years has been invaluable.
This website and the ministry, support, and guidance it provides on a very personal level can't really be measured on this side of eternity. The staff, volunteers, and caring people online immediately came to my side with genuine love at a time when I needed it. I thank God for this place of non-judgmental service and refuge and for those involved in it.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a wonderful website and organization. It helped me in a time when I felt alone and the only Gay Christian standing.

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Doug D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network is an awesome organization. It has shown me that i can follow the teachings of Jesus Christ no matter my orientation. GCN RAAWKS:)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an awesome ministery for all people but ( of course) mainly for GLBT people and their families.
This is a well moderated website which means that it is kept free from abuse, slender, swearing and gossiping.
It builds faith and is a witness what God's grace is all about.
I am blessed to be part of this community!

CHM
Netherlands

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Donor

Rating: 5

gay christian network provides a very valuable service to gay people ,especially when some socalled christians dont think we deserve love and mercy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a bisexual man. This group has helped me to reconcile my sexuality with my faith without having to deny either. They have accepted me for who I am.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gay Christian Network (GCN) has provided a crucial link for individuals who, far and large, have lived extremely isolated & difficult lifes: gay christians.

Unlike other minorities, most people who are GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered) are not born into a family that is comprised with others who are GLBT. It's isolating. And, for a long time, it's been something to be ashamed of.

That isolation is compounded when that GLBT person is Christian. They've probably gotten the message that the way they love, the way they connect to others most intimately, the way they form commitments & a family is sinful & dead wrong. B/c of messages like that, the stats show that growing up gay in a conservative Christian home wreaks havoc on a person's emotional & spiritual life.

GCN has provided a way for gay christians to connect. If nothing else, HEAR gay christians speak articulately about their challenges, hopes and ... life. They learn that they are not alone, not crazy, not lost, not forgotten, not wrong in the core of their being & relationships. GCN provides a forum, information, message boards, a yearly conference, toolkits & speakers for churches, and more.

Via GCN's website, I was about to connect with another gay person in my very own church, as well as the mother of a gay son who goes to church across the street from me. I was astounded. Here, we've been literally living in each others' back yards, and yet, b/c of the stigma & fear of speaking out & sharing our lives completely, we could not find each other until we met on a GCN message board.

Since then, we've been getting together & planning ways to reach others in our community & our churches. The relief and joy of being able to sit down and talk about our lives, our struggles, our hopes... it's been life-infusing. We're looking forward to sharing that, and hope to build a stronger community, one person at a time.

GCN reaches hurting isolated people and gives them a way to connect and be known and accepted, and grow from there.

I hope you'll check them out & support them!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I attended the GCN Conference in Seattle. It was wonderful to meet many gay Christians from all over the country and different parts of the world. The emotional support is very valuable to me in my walk with God.

The first time I listened to the network's radio podcast I heard an interview with Andrew Marin who is working to make peace between Christians who accept gay people and those who do not. This is especially important in working to curb youth and young adult suicide attempts that triggered by religious shame.

I want to thank GCN for all the hard work that it does to help bring peace into our world.

Ed Ness

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my sister loves these people and they've done a great deal to help her when she needed them the most.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is a wonderful resource for gay Christians. I especially appreciate the DVD that they put out with young people's moving testimonies. This is great to share with friends and loved ones. I am looking forward to getting to know more about GCN and to get involved when I move to the Raleigh area soon!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I felt alone in my sexuality and my faith. I couldn't tell people at church that I was gay and I couldn't tell gay friends that I was a Christian--for fear of being ostrasized from both communities. GCN has given me the courage to come out as a lesbian at church and to come out as a Christian to my gay friends. Both experiences have been fulfilling and my two communities are becoming one. Some of my curch friends have met some of my gay friends and we all do things together. It is amazing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN has helped me come to realize the ways in which the church can be reconciled to the GLBT community. Having grown up in a homophobic environment, this is INCREDIBLY important step toward social justice/equality.

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James S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN provided for me a place that had community, resources, and hope when I felt alone. The community helped equip me to make a difference in my own church and the lives of individuals.

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