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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network allows not only a safe place for gays but something more! They are naturally progressive through their feelings and experiences. They are driven by God in truth and light. This community of people does not hide themselves or seek refuge here.. They go out into the community raising awareness and breaking down walls people have set up. These wonderful people treat each other with respect and take their work in the church seriously.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN has provided me a place to learn, explore and love not only the GLBT community but God as well.

13

Donor

Rating: 5

This on line community has made a great difference in my life and the life of others. It is well run, well moderated and very professional. The conference is a dynamic experience and helps many in the coming out process which benefits all of us. There is a radio program and a new DVD Through My Eyes which will help all faith communities better understand the LGBT experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined GCN almost4 years ago at a time when I was wanting to get closer to God again. I had come out previously and for a while rejected church more or less, but felt that my faith was too big a part of my life to just ignore.
I found GCN through a google search I think - I joined and have never looked back. Through GCN I found a local affirming church, a safe space to ask questions and not fear the backlash one might expect elsewhere online, and have made many strong friendships.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN changed my life, it's fighting against the tide but i really think it can change opinions, and it's doing so lovingly. I can't see myself being here without it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

GCN is the best. Ever. Seriously, I've seen so many lives transformed by it, it blows my mind. It's such a supportive community, and they really work hard to produce the best resources possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GCN changed my life. in the summer of 2003 I was lost and hurting, ready to give up on Christianity and Church. Then, I googled "gay and Christian" and came up with GCN. I stayed up all night that first night, amazed and inspired by the message board, and how I was welcomed by each member so lovingly. I regularly participate on the message board, listen to their Internet Podcast, and attend their yearly conference. All of it has given me a new lease on life in Christ, and helped me to know that I CAN be gay AND Christian, and I not alone! The Holy Spirit is certainly with GCN. This organization is a true, living and working agent of positive transformation for gay Christians, their families, and their churches throughout the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN is definitely a safe place for gay Christians - people who have so few safe places on the web to learn and interact. The community is vibrant and positive, and the GCN Radio podcast is of commendable quality. I don't know what I would do without GCN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN has had an amazing impact on my life. I found GCN at a time when I was still struggling with balancing my sexuality and spirituality. In GCN I found an amazing community of people who were there to support me and bless me at a time in my life when I needed it most. Now that a few years have passed I am not quite as in need of the support anymore but GCN is still in my life because it gives me a chance to support others the way I was supported.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I haven't been a member of GCN for long, the organization offers me a lot. Obviously, the largest area of help is in my faith and Christian walk. Where society kind of looks at at a gay Christian as oxymoronic, GCN affirms and embraces LGBT people of faith. Different denominations and beliefs come together in a "safe" place. In little time, I have begun to feel like a member of a family, not just a internet community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gay Christian network is a valuable place and has provided a safe haven for those of us who might not be able to express ourselves as we'd like. The network itself provides great resources as well as the message board providing other resources and support all in all this place is a great online community for LGBT and non LGBT Christians alike!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A life changing supportive,welcoming community, that helps you accept yourself as well as make new friends. A place where people of all sorts of backgrounds can truly be themselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is possibly one of the most influential organizations for LGBT folks that have deep religious convictions. The Gay Christian Network services members of the LGBT community that happen to be involved in the Christian religion. Christianity in the United States and throughout the world, in modern times, has been known to have prejudices against those in sexual minorities. The Gay Christian Network provides an inclusive environment to over 12,000 people each day in helping them learn that being LGBT is not incompatible with Christianity. There are countless numbers of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Christians that are theologically conservative but have been harmed by the Church. GCN is the most active and influential organization that helps members and clients realize that they, despite of their sexual orientation, can participate in the Church. Both the LGBT community and the Christian community misunderstand each other. The Gay Christian Network, I believe, is the largest organization that is working to bridge the divide. They are actively trying to tell LGBT folks that Christianity is an inclusive religion (despite what many Christian leaders say), as well as trying to tell Christians that people who are LGBT are perfectly normal and should be included in the Church.

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Donor

Rating: 5

GCN has been an absolute gift to me in my life. In a time when I felt completely lost, confused, and alone, GCN became a haven for me. Through my friendship and fellowship with other members of GCN I have come to be a more confident person not only in my personal life, but spiritually. I have found the love and redemption that was promised to all of us, gay and straight alike, through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been able to reconcile my relationship with God and have entered into a new understanding of who God is and the depth of His unconditional love and grace. I thank God for GCN.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Gay Christian Network was there for me when I was first realizing/accepting my sexual orientation & needing to talk about it and not knowing where to go to do so. I didn't feel safe discussing the matter with anyone I knew at the time, and being a sold-out Christian, I wanted and needed to know if/that other believers were going through the same things, and how they were dealing with it. The comfort I received from the members I interacted with gave me the courage to accept myself as I am.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helped me come out to my family and friends. They provide an engaged online community, informative texts and videos, and a relavent face-to-face social network.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN Has been a cornerstone of my journey.. with out the discussion boards, information and friendship I have found on GCN, I would be floundering and lost! Great organization with Tons of great people!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN helped me through the darkest moments of my life, and provided a much-needed support base. GCN has been a blessing to my life and I pray that it continues to be around for many years to come!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is an amazing organization that provides a place for thousands of GLBT Christians who often times feel like they have no where else to go. They are encouraging and provide great resources for the encouragement of their members.