Protestant Group Sings the Praises of LGBTQIA2S+ Hymnal

Not all that long ago, what self-respecting Anglican would be singing a hymn entitled “God of Queer Transgressive Spaces”?

Then again, what self-respecting Catholic would ever see the day when a pontiff would enshrine a pagan goddess? In the Vatican, no less.

But back to the topic at hand, the official publication of the Anglican Church of Canada is giving a hearty two thumbs-up to a new songbook that features nearly 50 “queer hymns”.

As reported by;

A group known as the Hymn Society has released a collection titled Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community for liturgical use in the United States and Canada.

Among the nearly 50 “queer hymns” featured in the collection are: “God of Queer Transgressive Spaces,” “Lovely, Needy People,” “Quirky Queer and Wonderful” and “The Kingdom of God is the Queerest of Nations.”

The ecumenical, non-profit Hymn Society released the hymnal in July but it was publicized just last week by Anglican Journal, the publication of the Anglican Church of Canada, which praised the work for offering “further potential for music as a source of affirmation and inclusion.”

Sydney Brouillard-Coyle, the “gender-non-conforming” music director at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Essex, Ontario, called the collection “an amazing resource for music directors and for priests who are looking for hymns that are affirming for the LGBT community.”

I’m still not sure what a gender-non-conforming music director is, but Sydney further stated;

Songs for the Holy Other aims to provide congregations working to dismantle these walls with a toolbox of hymns by and for those who identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, two-spirit, and other sexual/gender minority (LGBTQIA2S+) community and their allies,” it proclaims.