Who We Are

History

YLLogo1994 The Youth Line grew out of discussions in May 1993 among youth members of a then-forming national lesbian and gay rights group. Over the next year they developed the concept of a toll-free phone line to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning young people across Ontario. It was agreed that isolation and lack of information are tremendous barriers facing youth. The group believed that a peer-based phone support line would alleviate the loneliness felt by queer youth, would help to prevent youth from making self-destructive choices because of their overwhelming isolation, and would affirm youth’s sexual identity.

youth_line_logo The first organizing meeting of the Lesbian Gay Bi Youth Line was held in June 1993, and included representatives from other queer youth organizations in Toronto. Through the hard work of volunteers and the support and endorsement of community agencies, including the Kid’s Help Phone, the Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto, and Distress Centres Ontario, the phone lines opened on May 2, 1994. Over the next two years, the service grew to provide peer support and information to over 400 young people per month. The organization officially changed its name to Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line in 2005 to better reflect the community it represents.

YouthLine-Logo-2014 In May 2014 the LGBT Youth Line officially kicked off a year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary, an important milestone in any not-for-profits history, and a realization that although we’ve come a long way, we still have much work to do.