Inclusive Hymns — Sylvia Hook, Canada

Click here to access Sylvia’s extensive ‘Queer Hymn’ database.

The following description is taken directly from Sylvia’s website QueerHymns.org .

What is a queer hymn?

Sylvia explains:  Queer hymns are congregational songs by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. (queer/LGBTQ+) people, or about queer/LGBTQ+ issues (broadly defined). The database on this site contains information on both queer hymns and LGBTQ+-friendly hymns: hymns that do not specifically address queer issues, but may address queer pastoral needs (e.g. non-gendered marriage hymns) or discuss inclusion more generally.

A note on the word queer: I use queer as an umbrella-term for the LGBPTQIAA2+ community, since it is the most inclusive umbrella term for this community. I am aware that, since it is a reclaimed slur, queer can be a hard word for some people within the LGBPTQIAA2+ community; however, I would note that the vast majority of the words we have to identify ourselves (lesbian, gay, homosexual, same-gender attracted, queer, transgender, etc.) have at some time been used against us. Generations before mine in the queer community worked very hard to reclaim queer, and many of those currently pushing against queer as an umbrella term for our community are those who want a narrower definition of who is included in the community.

Who runs this website?

QueerHymns.org is run by Sylvia Hook. I (Sylvia) created this resource as part of my undergraduate Honours Senior Research Project at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

If you would like to learn more about queer hymns, contact Sylvia directly at:  sylvia.d.hook@gmail.com.