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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

115 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

shelly_ks3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became involved with GCN about 1 year ago, and it has been a driving factor in the growth of my spiritual experience ever since. This organization serves people all over the globe, and does it on a shoestring budget. They have an outstanding staff of caring and educated individuals who work diligently every day to help serve those with great need in spiritual and emotional concerns.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN was there for me in a crucial time of spiritual and emotional development. After coming out of ex-gay therapy and organizations for nearly 5 years, I needed a home where people could accept me, and love me while I figured myself out. And that's what GCN provided me. Their Side A AND Side B communities were wonderful. I developed some deep, lasting friendships that continue to this day. They provided me community, love, support, and care when I needed it most. I'm forever indebted to Justin and Ron for their gracious, generous leadership, and for helping to create such an AMAZING organization!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through their annual conference, online message boards, and regional gatherings, GCN brings much needed hope to people across the sexual identity spectrum who are struggling to integrate their faith into their whole selves.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN inspired me to rebuild my relationship with God.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar