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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

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a lifeline for Christians who happen to be LGBT.
A point of information and support.
It breaks the isolation.
It saves lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The support given to me when I first found out my oldest son was gay, and the help to my son and myself over many years has been invaluable.
This website and the ministry, support, and guidance it provides on a very personal level can't really be measured on this side of eternity. The staff, volunteers, and caring people online immediately came to my side with genuine love at a time when I needed it. I thank God for this place of non-judgmental service and refuge and for those involved in it.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

GCN is a wonderful website and organization. It helped me in a time when I felt alone and the only Gay Christian standing.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gay Christian Network (GCN) has provided a crucial link for individuals who, far and large, have lived extremely isolated & difficult lifes: gay christians.

Unlike other minorities, most people who are GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered) are not born into a family that is comprised with others who are GLBT. It's isolating. And, for a long time, it's been something to be ashamed of.

That isolation is compounded when that GLBT person is Christian. They've probably gotten the message that the way they love, the way they connect to others most intimately, the way they form commitments & a family is sinful & dead wrong. B/c of messages like that, the stats show that growing up gay in a conservative Christian home wreaks havoc on a person's emotional & spiritual life.

GCN has provided a way for gay christians to connect. If nothing else, HEAR gay christians speak articulately about their challenges, hopes and ... life. They learn that they are not alone, not crazy, not lost, not forgotten, not wrong in the core of their being & relationships. GCN provides a forum, information, message boards, a yearly conference, toolkits & speakers for churches, and more.

Via GCN's website, I was about to connect with another gay person in my very own church, as well as the mother of a gay son who goes to church across the street from me. I was astounded. Here, we've been literally living in each others' back yards, and yet, b/c of the stigma & fear of speaking out & sharing our lives completely, we could not find each other until we met on a GCN message board.

Since then, we've been getting together & planning ways to reach others in our community & our churches. The relief and joy of being able to sit down and talk about our lives, our struggles, our hopes... it's been life-infusing. We're looking forward to sharing that, and hope to build a stronger community, one person at a time.

GCN reaches hurting isolated people and gives them a way to connect and be known and accepted, and grow from there.

I hope you'll check them out & support them!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I attended the GCN Conference in Seattle. It was wonderful to meet many gay Christians from all over the country and different parts of the world. The emotional support is very valuable to me in my walk with God.

The first time I listened to the network's radio podcast I heard an interview with Andrew Marin who is working to make peace between Christians who accept gay people and those who do not. This is especially important in working to curb youth and young adult suicide attempts that triggered by religious shame.

I want to thank GCN for all the hard work that it does to help bring peace into our world.

Ed Ness

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN has helped me come to realize the ways in which the church can be reconciled to the GLBT community. Having grown up in a homophobic environment, this is INCREDIBLY important step toward social justice/equality.

Review from Guidestar

James S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN provided for me a place that had community, resources, and hope when I felt alone. The community helped equip me to make a difference in my own church and the lives of individuals.

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Patrick G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful Site that has allowed me to reconcile my faith in God while coming to grips with my sexuality. It is a wonderful place for clear info and I am happy to be a part of it.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the community for over four years now. I did nto know what to expect. I've never posted much on any online community before and was expecting this one to be a disappointment. I couldnt' have been more wrong. I came to The Gay Christian Network a broken and hurting person. The people there immediately responded to me, befriended me, showed love and support, prayed when I asked, and gave me more encouragement than I had received elsewhere.

As a direct result, I have completely changed the way I think of myself. I'm a stronger more confident person.

More recently I've become more involved in leading one of the forums, one that allows me to volunteer and give back -supporting others where possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN showed me that it was possible to be Christian and a Lesbian. It was a true blessing to come across this website. It gave me hope, and it energized my faith.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN as an organization has helped me to see a different side of gay christians. Before I had attended a conference, or met any, my ideas of what a gay christian would be were completely off base. I'm very glad that this organization exists, as without them I'd be in a very different place right now!

Review from Guidestar

James M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN saves lives and souls who are underserved and rejected by main religions. Truly helpful and caring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN Saved my sanity and my life when I first Googled "Gay Christian" 3 years ago. Thank God for GCN!

In fear and shame I had repressed and denied my sexual orientatation , believing that I could not be both gay and Christian. After Thirty (30) years of denial, I came to terms with who I am when I Googled "GayChristian" and learned that I am not alone.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gay Christian Network has helped me realize how many other Gay Christians there are and provided a means through which I can connect with them. GCN is a wonderful resource providing hope, support, comradery, and information to gay Christians who might otherwise live in isolation as far as their faith is concerned.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great service and group! Helps build communities and empowers humans.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN was one of the first communities that I found, as a conservative Christian who had no place to look for help or hope. I had never met a gay Christian before... didn't even know if someone could *be* both. Finding GCN was an incredible gift from God. The website had people I was able to speak to and ask questions, stories and testimonies, and articles speaking to the very same questions I had been asking, but thought no one else was. The community at GCN, as well as the leadership, gave me role models for what it might look like to move forward as someone who did not have to surrender my faith in order to be who God made me. GCN has quite literally changed my life in a way that almost no other group of people have.

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Brian M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN, Gay Christian Network has helped me align my christian beliefs with whom I am, a gay man. It has been invaluable in guiding me to be an upstanding, ethical, and moral human being. I would be in a much worse place without their guidance.

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Michael W.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I did not know where to turn being Christian and gay.

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David C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN is great online and offline community for Gay Christians. It creates great events to share in corporate worship and fellowship. This is a vital ministry to this often marginalized demographic. It has been a life line for me in times of darkness. And I thank God, for this community of believers.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

GCN is a great support system for the GLBT Christian community who are facing issues of struggle with their sexual orientation and religious beliefs. There are many who have reconciled these issues and have helped others through their journey. I feel that GCN potentially saves lives, because so many GLBT individuals have become suicidal due to feeling rejected and unworthy of God. GCN is a helping hand of support to those who need it the most.

Review from Guidestar