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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

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12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network (GCN) helps thousands of Christians who are gay or lesbian, to gain a positive attitude towards their homosexuality. There is still a lot of hate and discrimination towards homosexuals these days, especially within churches. Therefore, the work of GCN is urgently needed, and can help building bridges.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

this is really good site. i recomend it very much for gays and lesbi cristians. you are welcome!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an awesome ministery for all people but ( of course) mainly for GLBT people and their families.
This is a well moderated website which means that it is kept free from abuse, slender, swearing and gossiping.
It builds faith and is a witness what God's grace is all about.
I am blessed to be part of this community!

CHM
Netherlands

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

GCN was a breath of fresh air for me when I first found out about it. At first it was a place where I found companionship and support on my journey to reconcile my faith and sexual orientation. After a while, I was able to help others who were members of the website. Since then I have met in person many, many members of GCN, their families and supporters. I have made friends and found encouragement, prayer, hope, and above all sincere Christian love from people at GCN.

Now that I am a Board member I see how this organization is touching the lives of thousands of people around the world, changing hearts and opening minds.

I love GCN and what it is doing in the world!

15 incurablygeek

Board Member

Rating: 5

I struggled with my sexuality for 30 years. At a crisis point, I searched for answers as to how to reconcile my faith and sexuality. GCN was there for me. It provided me a safe place to ask questions and explore what it meant to identify as Christian and understand what it meant to be gay. Through my involvement with the organization since 2002, I've creating long-lasting friendships around the world and found the encouragement and support to live authentically as a gay Christian. The organization and it's reach have grown exponentially during that time, reaching out to those who want to affirm lesbian, transgender, gay and bisexual Christians in their walks of faith all over the world and across a multitude of faith traditions. The organization is unique in that regard. GCN reaches out to encourage young people coming from conservative faith contexts with GCN Radio, Gay Christian Answers on YouTube, video documentaries, a deep and broad set of resources and the annual conferences that are attended by people from all over the world and have featured great speakers and performers (most recently, Dr. Peter Gomes and Ray Boltz). I've been privileged to benefit from the work of the organization and the passion and vision of its young leader. I've supported the organization financially and with my time as a member of the board of directors because I have seen the impact on people's lives including my own.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization where everyone is truly welcome. Where what God wants for all of us is at the center of what GCN is about. And where no matter what your background this is a safe place where you matter.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I discovered GCN in 2002, I was surprised and a little cautious about a site that said it was gay and Christian. I was closeted and still unsure if reconciliation of faith and orientation was possible. I lurked on the message boards for some months and learned the members had similar experiences, questions, concerns and goals. Their faith was as important to them as mine was to me! Wow! That realization was even more surprising than the first discovery. I joined the boards, began posting and haven't looked back. GCN has proved to me to be a growing community with fellowship and resources for people desiring to reconcile faith and orientation. I have received encouragement and have been able to encourage others as well as participate in national and regional activities that have helped build my faith. Another strong point is the way GCN has striven to serve members from various backgrounds and with specific needs. Small group forums provide a safe haven where people can think out loud, be encouraged and receive feedback when desired. The community creates a warm atmosphere where those shell-shocked from the culture wars can relax and be refreshed. It supported me as I came out to family and church as it has so many others. The acceptance for believers and non-believers alike has given me a better appreciation of what the phrase "Unconditional Love" can look like in reality. I've been inspired by the actions of fellow GCNers. I'm so thankful it exists. I want to pay it forward by giving of my finances and my time so GCN is available for others, even as it has served me. My desire is for GCN to continue to be a welcoming oasis for all those who have languished in the spiritual wilderness of rejection.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I found out that my youngest son is gay.. My husband and I were shocked and didn't want to accept it. We love our son unconditionally, but this was something we were raised to believe is not real and is a choice... We could not understand what was happening to our wonderful son! We had no one to talk to who we thought would have some knowledge and understanding about gays or homosexuality. We were leaders in our church and knew what was taught and believed there.. and knew they would not be helpful. We prayed a lot to God.. Almost with every breath, I was pleading for His guidance. Then one day I googled "Gay" and "Christian" and found GCN. Soon, I realized this is where God had led me for the answers to our prayers. GCN members accepted me with true kindness and understanding.. God used His gay children to answer the prayers for understanding that I had been pleading for during the last 5 months... Soon, He revealed to me this whole new world that I had never paid attention to. I believe that, now, God wants me to minister to others in any way I can on GCN, and in my day to day life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

the gay christian network serves a critical role in bridging the gap between the gay community and the christian community. specifically, it serves as a safe place for thousands of gay christians around the world to fellowship, to share their experiences as minority within a minority, to worship God, to support and love each other through good and hard times. i have personally benefited tremendously from the ministry of GCN. as a result of my involvment with GCN, i have grown closer to God and found a wonderful community of believers and seekers alike who do not rush to condemn and judge but rather listen and love. i've seen christian parents reconciled with their gay children, gay youth reconciled with God, and people who previously suffer silently and alone having a place to be held and to be accepted for who God has made them to be. i see God in the midst of GCN.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Gay Christian Network impacts thousands of people every month across the globe. It provides a safe space for people to come and just be themselves as Gay Christians, or to work through their own personal struggles with reconciling their faith and sexuality. GCN was instrumental in helping me become a whole person. Before finding this community, I felt very alone in the world and did not think it was even possible to reconcile my faith and my sexuality. Before the help I received through GCN reconciling my faith and sexuality, I was frequently depressed and even suicidal at times. GCN quite possibly saved my life. In addition to providing a moderated safe-space, GCN also provides ways to plug into local communities and provides resources to continue the journey toward wholeness that so many of us have started. GCN has also produced a one-of-a-kind DVD of our stories to help educate the church and bridge the gap between gays and Christians. The Gay Christian Network truly does a great work. Bridges are being built, people are finding peace and lives are being saved through the efforts of this organization.

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

GCN is the best. Ever. Seriously, I've seen so many lives transformed by it, it blows my mind. It's such a supportive community, and they really work hard to produce the best resources possible.

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

A life changing supportive,welcoming community, that helps you accept yourself as well as make new friends. A place where people of all sorts of backgrounds can truly be themselves.