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The Gay Christian Network

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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen this organization grow from a small group of acquaintances to a large group of movers and shakers. The amount of lives saved and change made by the Gay Christian Network is enormous, and I can't praise them enough.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN was my lifeline! I lived in the middle of nowhere and I had no one to talk to about the struggles I was going through with my sexuality. I hopped on the internet and searched for gay & christian and up popped GCN. I looked around for a bit and saw the messages everyone was posting and I decided to start posting also. I was immediately accepted and made to feel welcome. My questions were answered and I was able to feel less alone. The best thing about this online community is that it is a community that came off of the computer for me. I was able to make so many friends from GCN in the real world. I didn't feel so alone anymore. Now, I've moved to a better area and am not in the middle of nowhere anymore but I still have a great group of friends from GCN that I call my family. I am soo thankful for them. I'm thankful for all within GCN who have made this community possible. Here's to the future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shortly after moving to Chicago, I felt the need to meet other gay Christians with whom I could connect. I stumbled across the GCN website one evening, and the rest is history. I have met several awesome people through the site, and it makes me proud to meet others seeking after Christ when many people today are turning the other way. The friendships forged through GCN are the ones that will last for years to come, and this organization deserves credit for the immense time and energy poured forth to make sure the community works not only in the United States, but around the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN is an amazing community ... one that provides much needed services to the LGBT Community, and even those outside the community that are trying to learn to interact with LGBT people or with the issues themselves for the first time. It is a much-needed ministry and non-profit organization. I'm an avid supporter and want as many people to know about GCN as possible!

4 ABrooks2007

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network helped me make new friends at a time in which I had few and has helped me to help others who face that question of whether it is ok to be attracted to people of the same sex and still be a Christian. GCN provides a place of acceptance, love, and grace which is the message of Christ. It's a great organization and I look forward to participating in it for years to come. :)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As so many have said in their reviews, GCN changes the lives of people who think they are alone in the world as gay Christians. Suddenly, they find a big community of other gay people who strive to serve God with all their hearts. This is what happened to me. I met my life partner here, I made lifelong friends here, and I learn more every day about how to face the challenges of reconciling the church with the gay community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN has helped me in so many ways to connect to other Christ-centered people around the country when my church can't relate to me. They have helped and given me so much support during the tough times and and has helped me reach out to others in their times of need. This community and organization is a blessing to everyone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Something very amazing and special is going on in Gay Christian Network. God is at work in ways that no one ever would have thought of or believed in the beginning of the life of this organization. There's something happening that is beyond what can be expressed, but its a tremendous resource for the love and purpose of Jesus Christ to be expressed and revealed to the GLBT community. Its the chosen vessel of God for this work, I truly believe.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN is a lifesaver for many GLBT Christians that seek support and guidance in being both Christian and GLBT. The GCN Network is a Ministry that shares GOD'S "true" love for ALL of HIS Children. Guests can view parts of the website to get a better understanding of it, to see if they will will comfortable or not becoming a Member (whichh is FREE by the way), and if they choose to join, I know they will find GOD'S love in every aspect of this wonderful Ministry. GOD loves YOU, GOD loves ME, and it doesnt matter if you are straight or GLBT, HE loves YOU for whom HE made you to be. Nobody has the right to judge anyone in life, except for HIM. If you are GLBT and Christian, this is the Minsitry to be a part of. It is filled with love, support, prayer, activities, and you can even kick back and play some games in the fun and games forum. Thankyou to Justin Lee for having the oppurtunity to start this Community up. It has grown from just him in the beginning to over 10,000 members. PRAISE GOD for GCN!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN is not just a web community of gay and lesbian Christians (and allies), but we're a close knit family. In addition to providing a safe haven to ask questions to help foster our faith, GCN is instrumental in helping build self esteem, friendships and healthy, Christ-centered lives each and every day.

13 canyonwlkr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like Nikki, I am a straight ally and have been involved with GCN for about three years. The value I see for furthering my ministry is twofold. I have firsthand relationships with a group I am trying to fight for justice for and I have a place where I can point people to. Several times a week, I am able to say in person, e mail on the internet "do you know about GCN, got to ..." It is a wonderful social community and resource.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a straight ally, but I see God doing so many good things here. My own faith has been strengthened by the members,and I know that GCN will continue to be a apart of promoting God's love and LGBT acceptance. I am so proud to be a witness to so many amazing journey's!

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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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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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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!