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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

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for supporting people who were born LGBT.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

GCN has been a place of hope and community for me. One can post prayer requests and get support when in the lowest of times - often, for many of us, when we come out and our fellow Christians denigrate and hurt us. Finding support - even if it is from someone far away - is essential to our learning to accept ourselves. I have not personally experienced organized in-person community on a more local or regional basis in person through GCN; perhaps that is an area for improvement.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work of The Gay Christian Network is not something you can quantify. You can't put it into words. You can't fit it into a box. The kind of work organizations like GCN do is life-giving. It, in a few inadequate words, allows the "gay" person or the person with "same-sex attractions" to experience that they are loved - whether they act out on those feelings or not. GCN loves and affirms one where they are. There is no pressure. There is a prayer board. There is discussion. There is community. I have experienced the power of the love and concern of people for me that I have never met before; a kind of love and support that literally keeps you going. Things can be dark in this world for someone with gay feelings - sometimes especially within religious settings. To hear that God loves you no matter what anyone has to say about it - no matter what your position is on whatever - is something I can't describe. Non-profits like GCN undoubtedly deserve our respect and appreciation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helped me realize that its okay to be myself!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so relieved to find GCN so that I knew I was not alone. I am a straight christian and I would like to see full equal respect and love go out to ALL members of Christ's body, especially including our glbt brothers and sisters.

Gay C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have been a real help to me, the site is great and forums and I've got in touch with other gay christian people what a support.

Thanks GCN

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has literally saved my life. At a time in my life when I was sure that the God that I loved so much hated me for the way that He made me, I found GCN in the Summer of 2009, and found out that I couldn't be farther from the truth. I learned that God loved me just the way I was.
Thank you, GCN. Words aren't enough.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AS a christian man it is most difficult to go to church or at times to be apart of the Christian religion when so much gay bashing seems to be the norm within the christian community. I have not yet had the pleasure to attend at GCN conference. However the GCN web site has so much information to aid a person struggling to come to terms with their own sexuality. I have listened to several of the radio broadcasts and it is difficult to explain just how some of the interviews gave me a word of encouragement at a moment when I so needed it. If I can say it without sounding perhaps shallow, the GCN website is a great internet friend. I hope to attend the GCN conference in January 2012 in Orlando FL.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I appreciate Jason's research on the Gay Christian issue and his opinion on GCN. I've read his articles. I also appreciate the support and views of the people in the Waiting Until Marriage section. I believe sex is intended, by God, for marriage only, and it's very helpful having the support from like-minded people on GCN.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

THis group gives us all hope that the world might understand and can chnge how they view gays, Christian or not.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is an amazing organization which provides support and resources to people who want to find a way to reconcile their faith with their sexual orientation, and to the people who love them. When people within our church responded with judgment and rejection to our efforts to have an honest discussion about this issue, GCN provided the safety, support, and Christian fellowship we needed. GCN is a lifeline where most churches fall short. Our son is one among many who might not be alive today without GCN.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

GCN is awesome. This web is the reason I'm still holding on to what I believe, and that is God. Before finding this site I always thought that I was alone. but not anymore. I meet the most wonderful people on this site, and some of them became my best friends. Thanks GCN.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world that's often quite hostile towards gay people, the church regretfully plays a unhelpful role (to put it mildly). Many people assume that the Bible condemns homosexuality and they take this for granted, without even bothering to check the facts. We need more gay christians who have the knowledge, the compassion and the courage to face these challenges head on. GCN plays an important role in this discussion and at the same time it helps gay christians to build their own community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

GNC was a website a Christian friend found for me after my daughter came out to me. When I told my daughter about it, all she could say was, "Christian and Gay are two words I never would have put together". All she had read on the internet was very hateful words which made her think that she could no longer belong to the family of God, and that her father and I would no longer love her once we found out she was gay. (because we are Christian) We went to their convention and found some healing and a feeling of belonging that has been missing for some time. There is still so much hurt though, and so much reconciling to be done. I really hope you consider this non-profit worthy of attention and support.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My personal experience with The Gay Christian Network has been an absolute GOD send. I've attend the GCN conference in Denver this past January and was blessed in so many ways. In more ways then I may have ever expected.

GCN has saved my life and my mind. Accepting myself as who God made me to be is a real blessing. Without GCN this would've never happened.

God Bless GCN!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

GCN has been the most important website in my life. It was because of this site that I learned that I was not alone, that there were many other Christian men just like myself that struggled their whole life with same sex attraction. I had been trained prior to believe that I lacked faith and was defective spiritually and it was my fault that God refused to hear my consistent prayers for an alteration of my orientation. Without GCN I might never have received the inner peace that I have now and I don't know if my walk with God would still exist. I am extremely grateful for this ministry and know without any doubt that it has been transformed the lives of many individuals for the better.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is a place for people to be who they are. I love that it is a safe place, and a place where like minded Christian Believers can share their hurts, and rejoice in victories!! I am so glad God led me to GCN when I was searching for a place that would speak to my deepest heart. The ministry that happens in this sweet place is so desparately needed in such a time as this. I am a grateful member of GCN.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I finally came to terms with being a Lesbian and a Christian at the same time - I did not know where to turn. Then I searched for Gay Christain on the internet and found this website. It was what I needed. It has a section talking about the specific points regarding Christianity and homosexuality. And then a message board to connect with other Gay Christians. And now I am connected with other Christians in my area and not only connect on the website but also in person.

This community is open and accepting and there to help and support all Gay Christians and their family.

No only is it a website and connecting locally but also they have an annual conference which I am looking forward to attending the next one.

Review from Guidestar

Marcus K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network is the light in the darkness that is sometimes found in being gay and Christian. I found the organization to be a really caring place for people who are gay to find support in their daily lives and to live as Christians. While primarily Christian based, GCN is open to anyone.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GCN is probably the #1 gay christian network on the web. It serves a very diverse group of denominations and does a lot to support gay Christians as well as their friends and family.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network provides a supportive system for gay, lesbian and transgendered persons on the basis of Christ's love for EVERYONE! As gay males, my partner and I were removed from membership in the Church of the Nazarene because we were gay. GCN provided a place where I could connect with others, find acceptance and learn more about the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.

Review from Guidestar