On Monday, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) removed the LGBT YouthLine from its list of student resources in a move the service is calling "a validation of homophobia."
YouthLine is a company that helps support 2SLGBTQ+ community members across Ontario who are under the age of 29.
We recognize services YouthLine provides to LGBTQ2S youth 29 & under. Their website had 3rd party resources not app… https://t.co/bZsadrjWrU— Toronto Catholic District School Board (@Toronto Catholic District School Board)1610416022.0
The TCDSB reported on Monday that the decision came after "inappropriate" content was found on the database's website.
YouthLine later issued a statement revealing they had been informed of the removal by the TCDSB's Chief of Mental Health Strategy and Staff Well-Being.
"In the email, we were informed that we had 'inappropriate material' on our site, and therefore they had to take our link off of the TCDSB resources website," the organization wrote on Monday.
"They linked an article from Joe Volpe, published on Corriere Canadese, titled 'TCDSB website hosts Pornographic site defended by trustees,'" they added.
The statement goes on to further criticize TCDSB for removing the "much-needed service," and demanded it be re-instated.
TCDSB reported that staff are "connecting" with YouthLine to ensure continuing support for youth.
At the moment it is unclear if the two will agree to a compromise.