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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

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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.