Pride Toronto stands in solidarity with the LGBT YouthLine


Pride Toronto stands in solidarity with the LGBT YouthLine in opposition to the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s (TCDSB) censorship and decision to remove the organization as a critical resource for 2SLGBTQ+ students.

This shameful action is yet another example of systemic homophobia and transphobia that continues to run deep within the publicly-funded school board. As LGBT YouthLine has stated, the 2SLGBTQ+ community has long endured homophobic and transphobic attitudes through accusations attempting to link 2SLGBTQ+ people with pedophilia and of “corrupting” children and youth.  

The TCDSB’s decision harms 2SLGBTQ+ youth by creating barriers to much-needed services and resources, including peer support, youth training, and online resources to help youth make informed decisions. These resources are particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic when in-person supports are limited.

The strict public health measures implemented to combat the pandemic bring additional mental health and safety concerns for many 2SLGBTQ+ youth. The timing of the removal of LGBT YouthLine during a time of increased need for these types of services is further deserving of strong condemnation.  

We call on the TCDSB to reverse its decision and reinstate LGBT YouthLine as a resource for marginalized and vulnerable 2SLGBTQ+ youth within the TCDSB’s system. Further, we call for a formal review of the systemic homophobia and transphobia that persists within the TCDSB. 

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