Today I just want to highlight the work of an amazing organization. Since 2001, The Gay Christian Network, led by Justin Lee, has been providing support to LGBTQ Christians like me. Check out their mission statement:
“Guided by the light and love of Christ, GCN is transforming attitudes toward LGBT people across denominations and cultures. We do this by equipping churches, educating lay people, building supportive communities, influencing key thought leaders, fostering self-acceptance, and advocating on behalf of the marginalized and oppressed. Together, we are creating a world where the next generation of LGBT youth will grow up fully loved and embraced by their families, churches, and neighbors; and where Christians worldwide will live up to their calling as instruments of grace and defenders of the outcasts.”
One of the many things I love about GCN is this: They welcome and embrace LGBTQ Christians from all different backgrounds and experiences. Both “Side A” (believing that God blesses same-sex relationships) and “Side B” (believing that God calls gay Christians to lifelong celibacy) members are welcome at the table. You can read about this “Great Debate” here.
I encourage you to check out GCN and all the amazing resources available on their site. Slowly but surely the Church is waking up to the truth. Gay Christians exist, and God welcomes us to the table too.