GCN is the most amazing orginization. It truly cultivates a non-judging and Christ centered atmosphere where GLBT or questioning people who wish to live Christian lives can find fellowship with each other. They provide excellent programs such as "Through Our Eyes" dvd program or weekly GCN radio podcasts. They are focused on helping achieve spiritual growth. I felt very alone after my chruch rejected me 15 years ago and I thank God every day for leading me to GCN. I have re-dedicated my life to God and am focusing on his plans for me and how I can use my life to serve him every day.
I am trying to understand something where in the bible does it say that it is ok to be gay and be apart of christianity. The bible does not allow homosexuality get it together but guess what it is not my job to judge you all of you have to answer to God and I am going to be there to see how you explain it how does this homosexuality go hand in hand with the sinners prayer? I was just wondering I dont knock you guys and gals but when you bring God into the sin that you are doing that is not right. I will be praying for all of you. Be blessed and learn the sinner's prayer and turn from your wicked ways.
This is an amazing community that is doing amazing things. God is really at work here. I'm so blessed to be a small part of it.
GCN has been a life saver for me. Without GCN I don't think I would have been able to reconcile my faith and sexuality. The community continues to give me lots of support
GCN was an amazing resource and source of support for me as I struggled with what it meant to be both gay and Christian, and how to reconcile these two supposedly contrary notions. It provides a vital source for people across the globe, many of whom might have to travel far to find someone else like themselves, yet who are united as a community through GCN. The website's various forums provide ample opportunities for individuals to find their own niche, and local gatherings take the sense of community fostered online one step farther, into the real world, where GCN can reach out not only to the GLBT community but also to the larger Christian community.
Words cannot describe what GCN has done for me and for others. GCN has saved lives and given hope to people and gay youth who thought their lives were absolutely hopeless. GCN serves a vital need in bridging the huge gap between the gay community and the church, and seeing lives transformed through Christ never gets old!
GCN has been a powerfully positive force in my life. I found the organization at a time when I felt largely rejected by the Church and detached from most any kind of real support in life. For so many people, GCN is a place where for the first time in our lives, we are free to be both gay and Christian. I went to my first GCN conference a couple of months after I joined the organization online. I will always remember that event as one that has been central to my life's direction. Here I have found my footing. I have found people with moral fiber who will encourage and support me in my faith. I have found community and affirmation. For me, that has made all the difference in the world.
GCN, its staff, resources and members have changed my outlook on life. That is NOT an exageration. They have created a community, both online and in person, that I've been missing from my life. There are many people in this world who cannot reconcile their faith and orientation; or that of a family or friend. GCN provides the resources, not only for those questioning gay Christians, but also provides a community for parents and friends of LGBT Christians, who would like to find answers and have their concerns addressed. Many of my close friendships are with fellow GCN members. I've tried to contribute in different ways, financially, online, and to provide members outside of our area with a sense of comraederie and support. I hope that I can help to make GCN as meaningful for others as its members and staff have been for me. danielc56 :)
GCN has been there for me when I felt totally alone. It is a tremendous resource with amazing people! When gay christians feel condemed, the community is supportive. It is also fostering change within the church. Love it!
As an adult gay Christian man, I would have given anything to have the Gay Christian Network available to me - a place that offers invaluable resource material, links to groups that have helped me tremendously, opportunity to meet others online who have gone through, or are going through, the same experiences I faced. As a gay Christian, this website is a Godsend!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Gay Christian Network is the reason I'm alive today. Coming to terms with my sexuality while growing up in a Christian household was very difficult for me, and if it weren't for GCn and so many of the great people at GCn, I would have committed suicide.
GCN is a great community of amazing christians that really helped me find my own in 2001. I now am a supporter through my donation matching program at work.
As a man coming out in his late 40's (ok, 48) I had hidden in church closets for more than 15 years, even going so far as to go to seminary. When I finally had to face my same-sex attractions, I had to find answers beyond what the straight world (especially the straight church world) could offer. GCN's online community, the incredible wealth of stories and history in their forums, the rich reservoir of information accessible via their GCN Radio webcasts - this and so much more made my coming-out and coming-to-terms with my faith so much easier. Every day, my story is being replayed thousands of times as gay people of faith find GCN and learn that they are not alone. They've been more helpful to me than any other gay resource.
After a desparate search through the internet and "ex-gay" literature seeking answers to the volume of questions I was facing, I finally just typed in "gay" and "christian", assuming I'd find nothing but more hurtful words about how the two can't coexist... The first site that came up was GCN, and I found home. During the difficult months of seeking to reconcile my faith and my sexuality, fellow Gay Christians of all walks of life filled my heart with hope. Regardless of differing end conclusions, GCN remains home for LGBT individuals, friends and family members. Although it's membership has exploded in recent years, GCN seeks to keep people from falling through the cracks by providing a number of forums targeting different populations, so members can still experience the safety and intimacy of it's smaller days. Our board, staff, and volunteers are committed to maintaining integrity and sincere faith and work hard to keep the GCN community safe, honest, fun and "on-track".
One of the greatest strengths of the Gay Christian Networks is that it provides a forum for those who feel otherwise isolated to know that they are not alone. With such a hot button topic in our culture and churches, GCN graciously facilitates loving a respectful dialogue among even people who may disagree. I am personally grateful for GCN for helping me to live a life I love.
I think that GCN is a great organization because it provides people who have been denied by the general Christian population with access to community and fellowship. With so many churches teaching that it's a sin to be gay, and/or that a person cannot be gay and Christian, this community can and has been a lifeline to so many people. Thank God for that.
GCN has served as a safe place for gay Christians who have been rejected by family and church. I love God with all of my heart, but couldn't reconcile my understanding of Scripture and homosexuality until I read a position paper on the topic. Having a Biblical Studies degree, i was very critical of what the author had to say. The argument in favor of being gay and Christian was finally settled and now I serve the Lord proudly as a gay, Christian man. I'm excited to see what God does with this ministry in the future.
I came to find this organization when I was lost and could not find my way in my life. Through GCN I met many people that are great friends in my life. I now have lifelong friends, and I even met my boyfriend of 7 months on the site. Good people abound on GCN and they want to help others as they themselves have been helped.
This organization is a fantastic place full of genuine, caring people of all different backgrounds. It has helps people every day with issues of identity, coming out, reconciling the thorny issues of faith and sexuality, and the other issues that come with living a Christian life. It is a fantastic resource always full of lively discussion and unique niches carved out so that everyone can feel included.
The Gay Christian Network has become a force of nature on it's own, doing the work that God wants done, creating a safe environment for Christian fellowship and growth while delivering a message that Christ died for all, not just those man likes to appoint redeemable. Justin and all of the staff of GCN have managed a worldwide organization on a shoestring budget, refusing to quit and refusing to compromise the service that they are providing. I can't say enough how blessed I have been for being a part of GCN.
The Gay Christian Network or "GCN" is a wonderful safe place to fellowship, meet new people and find support. I always look forward to hearing about the other member's days and filling them in on mine. The small group areas provide a more tailored message board for individuals wants and needs. I love this place.
Very resourceful and inclusive network that changed my life from a lost and scared individual to a confident and open one.
Jesus saves lifes, but this ministry connects many back to Christ. So many in the gay community have left the church. I'm so thankful for the friends I've met on GCN. People are genuine, honest, and real with their lives. I'm glad GCN has helped me know how to be a gay Christian.
One day while downloading from iTunes, I saw GCN radio and figured why not and downloaded it to my iPod. I planned on listening to a couple of the shows while I was walking my dogs or working out in the yard. Its funny, just prior to actually listening to the show I was walking home with the dogs and a guy that was at the neighborhood bar was sitting out on the stoop having a cig. He said hello to the dogs and for some reason asked if I was a “homosexual.” When I ignored and pretended not to hear him he asked again. This somewhat bothered me. There I was, not doing much of anything, except walking my dogs, and someone can tell that I’m gay. I was just down the street from my house, so I made a rude and quick retreat back home. When I was walking away he called out “doesn’t matter if you are”....which didn’t really hit me until I reached home. This entire thing kept going around in my head - I was just getting tired of not being me! What was annoying to me was that night while walking, I had been praying regarding this, I didn't care about being gay compared to being in love with God, and here is a drunk telling me “its okay!” The next day, I actually listened to the iTunes download of the GCN program which I had not done yet and the one guy (Brian?) was leaving, said something like, “you never know, someone could be listening to this (his last show??), and this could be the first time they heard God and gay together”—which in many ways was true of me. It was either, gay and no God factor or God but no gay factor. According to both the gays I knew and the church I was raised in. Also, on those episodes there was an interview with Marsha Stevens in one of the episodes I listened to. When she gave her story and sang, well, I broke down completely and had one of the most intense and moving experiences with God I’ve ever had. Since that summer, I have been a regular reader on GCN, though not much of a participant, mostly because I am too busy reading everyone else’s posts and I still feel a bit shy in some ways. I was delighted to read the various views, (A&B, et al sides) and the sensitive subjects sections, the awesome links to messages (Clements, Miner, and Campolo) —and best of all these are writers and messages that are not fluff but real Christ-centered messages. I never knew that there were actually this many gays in the world that actually wanted to love God and love themselves. This is the main thing that GCN has done for me - realizing that gay people can love God and that God loves them in return! I guess I spent way too many years in repression, and way too many years in the gay lifestyle to think that gay & Christian didn’t belong together. Thanks
I struggled with my sexuality for 30 years. At a crisis point, I searched for answers as to how to reconcile my faith and sexuality. GCN was there for me. It provided me a safe place to ask questions and explore what it meant to identify as Christian and understand what it meant to be gay. Through my involvement with the organization since 2002, I've creating long-lasting friendships around the world and found the encouragement and support to live authentically as a gay Christian. The organization and it's reach have grown exponentially during that time, reaching out to those who want to affirm lesbian, transgender, gay and bisexual Christians in their walks of faith all over the world and across a multitude of faith traditions. The organization is unique in that regard. GCN reaches out to encourage young people coming from conservative faith contexts with GCN Radio, Gay Christian Answers on YouTube, video documentaries, a deep and broad set of resources and the annual conferences that are attended by people from all over the world and have featured great speakers and performers (most recently, Dr. Peter Gomes and Ray Boltz). I've been privileged to benefit from the work of the organization and the passion and vision of its young leader. I've supported the organization financially and with my time as a member of the board of directors because I have seen the impact on people's lives including my own.
GCN is a tremendous organization. Five months ago, I resolved to finally deal with my sexuality. For more than 30 years, I did not feel it was possible to be gay and christian. So, even when I admitted to myself sometime in my 30s that I was gay, I buried this fact in the deepest recesses of my mind. This past January, tiredof being lonely, tire of not being myself, I decided to live openly. GCN was one of the first resources I found. Finally, I knew I was not alone. Finally, I knew there were others like me. Finally, I had support to resolve the essential tension of my life. GCN has been there for me.
The Gay Christian Network's message of hope and the amazing community it attracts have changed numerous lives for the better.
When I think back on the days when I would cry myself to sleep so that God would remove my gayness - my “thorn in the flesh” – I never imagined that I would one day be a part of a new exciting movement of God for the LGBT community. GCN is that movement. For most of us who have felt alone in our struggle with faith and sexuality, the most amazing thing about GCN has been finding others who have shared in that struggle. Realizing that one is not crazy – “gay” and “Christian” are not mutually exclusive ideas – has been incredibly life-changing for so many of us. GCN is a refuge, a resource and a wellspring of hope for many. I am humbled by the remarkable people I have met through the brilliant online community and by the uniqueness of GCN as a worldwide resource for all people (yep – gay, straight, Christian, atheist – all are welcome).
GCN helped me to know that there are all sorts of Christians who identify as gay, and even though I lived in a pretty isolated area, I wasn't the only person out there who was gay and Christian. Today, I try to help GCN by being active on the message boards and by representing them at Pride.
GCN is an awesome place where those whom are gay and Christian can come together and receive the help and support that most don't find within their local church. GCN has a huge outreach beyond just a website. If it weren't for GCN I don't know how many people wouldn't be able to get the love and support they need. GCN has also reached many whom I know were suicidal due to their being gay.
GCN has helped me tremendously! I have been able to connect with a support network that has helped me through the very emotional and stressful time of coming out as gay to my family. GCN also supports my Christian walk and has proven to be an invaluable resource of information about homosexuality and Christianity.
I honestly don't think I would be here today had I not had GCN as a resource when I came out as a gay Christian. I had so much depression and so many issues to deal with, I think I could easily have been described by my friends as a suicide waiting to happen. Through GCN, I am realizing the love of God, I've made some friends on line who have helped me tremendously in getting past some major depression. I just can't say enough for this group.
This site has been an invaluable resource for me! I have been able to speak with like-minded individuals who are both gay and Christian, and can see that God loves us as well. I have been very blessed by being part of this online community.
I LOVE GCN, IT HAS HELPED ME TO RECONNECT MY FAITH WITH MY SEXUALITY..I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MEET PEOPLE THAT HAVE ENLARGED MY WAY OF THINKING
The Gay Christian Network has grown hugely since I joined in early 2004. There are so many gay Christians out there who need love and support, who have had trouble reconciling their faith with their inner knowledge that they are gay, and have questions about all of it. GCN has been a great blessing in my life. I have never had too many questions or troubles with my faith and my sexuality, but the community that GCN provides for gays of of the Christian faith is fantastic. We are all from different traditions and beliefs, but we learn from each other through God's love as it is manifested on this site.
Eight years ago, I googled "gay Christian" for the first time- not just because those words described me, but because I had inadvertently hurt someone who had recently come out, and who was just beginning to re-explore his spirituality. I had wanted to help him reconcile his languishing faith and emerging sexuality, but I bungled it bigtime, and feared that I had done more harm than good. Turning to the internet in search of advice, I came across an exchange between Justin Lee (GCN's founder) and Ron Belgau (a fellow gay Christian thinker), talking about exactly what I wanted to know! I e-mailed them, and shortly thereafter learned about the Gay Christian Network, where I reveled in both the freedom to ask my questions, and also in the wisdom of people who could answer them! I was the 31st person to join the group- and even back then I could tell it was something special. Eight years later, GCN's message boards alone have well over 14,000 registered members worldwide, not to mention listeners to the internet radio broadcasts, youtube channel subscribers, conference attendees, and viewers of the recently released DVD, Through My Eyes- a collection of first-person narratives from young gay Christians. But you can read about all that stuff anywhere. What I want to tell you is that thanks to GCN, that young man that I had wounded is now my best friend, and has been for the last 6 years, despite our being separated by half the country. What's more- I've just met another person who's in a similar stage of life, and this time I knew how to help him, instead of hurt. My story isn't unique, but it's true, and it matters. Which is why GCN matters, too.
When I was first coming out, this group was crucial to me. As a (at the time conservative) Christian who was finally ready to be honest with myself about my sexual orientation and wanted to be honest with others, too, GCN helped me sort out my thoughts, find a place where BOTH my faith and my sexuality were considered important and my lack of a clear stance on "lifestyle" issues was OK. I got some resources from GCN that made me feel more confident coming out to my parents.
The Gay Christian Network has been an excellent resource for me as I struggle through a clash between my same sex attraction and my conservative religious roots. I am not comfortable with homosexual behavior because it flies in the face of my faith. But I have to figure out what to do about my homosexual feelings and attractions without going crazy. The Gay Christian Network provides space for people like me who are caught in the middle of two very different worlds. And I'm glad for its input in my life.
I have been aware of GCN for several years and have attended their conference. It is a compassionate group that is a Godsend to the population they serve. GCN rocks!!! ~ devena
Gay Christian Network helped me to come to terms with both parts of myself. I had thought that, as a Christian, it was not okay to be gay. Then, on GCN, I met many couples in lifelong, monogamous, committed relationships. I began to believe that I could be fully myself. I feel like I've started to fully live for the first time in my life.
GCN has been absolutely life changing for me! It is an amazingly wonderful and diverse group of people who have come together and united to support and love one another. One of the things I love most about it is the variety of wonderful communities that their are. You never feel alone in GCN. There are tons of people who are from all different walks of life and there is always someone who can relate to your experience, no matter how bizarre it may seem. I love my GCN family and would not be the same without them.
GCN has been providing support, encouragement, education, and resources for GLBTQ Christians and their straight supporters for over 7 years now. Their online message board is a safe and affirming place that also provides numerous resources including information about affirming churches, GCN radio, links to the founder's "Gay Christian Answers" YouTube videos, and more. Its annual conference, and local groups throughout the US and many parts of the world provide in-person opportunities for fellowship and interaction. Well over 14,000 people have officially joined GCN, with countless others benefiting from GCN's resources as well. Many come to the GCN message board to help them through a difficult and emotional time in "coming out" and/or reconciling their faith/spirituality and their orientation. Creating a safe place to do that has always been the main goal of the many dozens of moderators that monitor the forums within the message board. A worldwide reach is made possible due to extensive use of online methods, and its modest operating expenses and large number of volunteers allow all donors to feel their contributions are used for maximum benefit. I personally contribute each month to GCN because doing so allows this organization and its ministry and focus to impact so many lives. While some churches and organizations may appear to focus on glorifying themselves and edifying their own members, I have always experienced GCN as an organization that does incredible work and focuses its attention on the Christian community as a whole.
GCN first made an impact in my life back in early 2005. And since then it has continued to keep me close to God, while providing a community that shares my experience. As a gay person who wants to follow Christ, I can say this organization is amazing and fruitful! Today, GCN is not only a part of my ministry, but it's also a group of friends.
This is an amazing organization where everyone is truly welcome. Where what God wants for all of us is at the center of what GCN is about. And where no matter what your background this is a safe place where you matter.
The support and encouragement I received from GCN when I was going through a difficult time in my life has endeared them to me. I have seen the difference they have made in hundreds of lives and cannot think of a single organization whith their specific focus that has done so much for as many people as they have.
GCN is a wonderful organization that helped me so much in my personal struggles towards reconciling my faith and sexuality. The sense of community present in the GCN message board, the weekly GCN radio, as well as the many other resources at GCN have been a blessing in my life and to so many others.
GCN is amazing. What is incredible about GCN is that it reaches many glbt folks who might otherwise think that God hates them for being gay! Through this internet resource, people who live in small towns or far from a gay-affirming church can get real fellowship with like minded Christians. It's wonderful! Thank you, GCN. Sharone
GCN change my life and if it wasn't for their help, advice, support and friendship I wouldn't be as happy as I am today. They are a marvelous network and provide an invaluable service to gay christians all over the world. The provide a place for people to meet and share and support each other from what can be extremely painfull and dificult backgrounds! three cheers for GCN!!!
Awesome network for queer individuals from conservative Christian backgrounds. Friendly, positive, well-monitored and "family-friendly" - an excellent resource for Christians struggling to reconcile homosexuality with Christianity. Some people may resent that in this community "Christian" is generally exclusive to evangelicals.
Excellent resources for positive interaction with the Gay Christian Community. As a straight pastor ministering to a large number of gay Christians this has been a fantastic organization.
Excellent and very friendly safe place to feel at home. Alot of resources that meets the total gay community. Finally!!
This online community is allows sexual minority and questioning folks explore their faith in Christ Jesus. True friendships develop across the many Christian denominations and traditons.
I discovered GCN just on twelve months ago. I'm an older gay man who has struggled with reconciling my faith and sexuality over many years. While I have came to the point in time where I understand without a doubt that the God who created me, is the same God who loves me and wants me to be in a relationship with him over 20 years ago, it has still been a lonely journey. GCN is an oasis on that journey. Through GCN I'm affirmed in my faith, I'm surrounded by the most amazing group of Christian people who understand and I'm challenged in my beliefs. All this has made me a much stronger Christian. What I really like about GCN is that their statement of faith puts God first. Once that is in perspective, sexual identity is secondary. I've have come across so few organisations that do that, and GCN is undoubtedly making a major difference in the lifes of thousands of people internationally. Through GCN I've made many cyber-friends who are very important to me. Last January I had the chance to meet over 300 members at conference. What a great time it was! But to experience Christian Love and come away so blessed cannot be descrobed. Thank you GCN - You make such a difference.
I was going through the slow process of coming out to my friends and eventually to my parents. Through a friend at my pride center in college he directed me to GCN. There I found an overflow of support from it's members that helped me cope with coming out. Despite it being tough still after coming out, I know how the support thanks to GCN to move forward with my life. Thank you so much GCN!
When I first came out to myself, I turned to GCN as a support network that accepted me for being Christian and Gay. Reviewing the online forums built my confidence in being who I am because I wasn't alone. I met many great people online and then later met them in person at retreats and conferences. The staff at GCN is supper friendly, supportive, and loving. GCN deserves this Pride Choice Award.
I credit GCN and it's many members for helping me through my coming out process. I struggled for many years to deny my sexuality and change my orientation. At the point I came to GCN I knew my homosexuality would not change and I needed to simply find out how to reconcile it with my Christianity. Through this organization I found many who were facing the same struggles I was facing and was able to work through a lot of the issues I was facing. I am thankful for Justin's vision and his desire to provide a community and outlet for gay Christians to discuss struggles, celebrate victories, and support one another through life's journeys.
GCN has helped me grow and find my identity. I has helped me greatly in my search for answers, and community.
Many people assume that you are either gay or christian but not both. Here a group of wonderfully accepting and affirming people gathered to help you come to terms with your sexuality and also help you to influence your spiritual walk. Nobody is judged at where they are in the process but instead encouraged to reach out for support. Plus there are many opportunities to connect with individuals offline in retreats, conferences, and get-togethers. Definitely a great organization!
The Gay Christian Network has been a very positive influence in my life. When I came out four years ago, I found much encouragement in the GCN community. They provide a safe place to discuss many different opinions on spirituality and sexuality that I wasn't able to find elsewhere.
I have been a part of this community for about 5 years. Thanks to GCN, I have grown and learned a whole lot. Through this community I have met many wonderful people that I would consider family. We're there for eachother when we need to talk, laugh, cry, and share our joys and sorrows with. When family isn't there, GCN is. :)
I have been a member of the Gay Christian Network since 2002. I have seen first hand the great work this organization does. It provides a safe place for LGBT people from Christian backgrounds to explore their faith in a safe affirming environment. It is helping to inform and persuade churches of the reality, gifts, and deep faith of LGBT Christians. The GCN has recently completed a project that I was very happy to participate in, a documentary called Through My Eyes about LGBT Christian youth, their pain and their struggles. The documentary is for distribution in churches and other organizations to help them see beyond stereotypes of otherness, that LGBT people are their sons and daughters, their youth ministers, their music director, and their fellow parishioner. sincerely, Toni Alvarez
GCN is a wonderful place. I have made excellent friends, been given a huge amount of support and felt like I really had a place within the community.
Wonderful place for the wounded that need to know Jesus. Gcn Justin rocks. Hes an amazing man full of compassion and grace.
At a time in my life when I needed direction, while i was coming into what it meant to be gay and Christian, GCN was the amazing Anchor that Launched me into a Network of others like me and together growing into a community that develops a very solid identity of what it means to be gay and Christian. The community keeps growing as it continues to welcome those who need direction as well as those who are not gay to keep the dialogue moving in a progressive motion. GCN is truly a God Send.