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Law Gender & The Law

Banning Transgender Conversion Practices

A Legal and Policy Analysis

by (author) Florence Ashley

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2022
Gender & the Law, Social Policy, Transgender Studies
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Survivors of conversion practices – interventions meant to stop gender transition – have likened the process to torture. Florence Ashley rethinks and pushes forward the banning of these practices by surveying these bans in different jurisdictions, and addressing key issues around their legal regulation. Ashley also investigates the advantages and disadvantages of legislative approaches to regulating conversion therapies, and provides guidance for how prohibitions can be improved. Finally, Ashley offers a carefully annotated model law that provides detailed guidance for legislatures and policymakers. Most importantly, this book centres the experiences of trans people themselves in its analysis and recommendations.

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Contributor Notes

Florence Ashley is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist. A doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Joint Centre for Bioethics, Ashley is also a recipient of the Canadian Bar Association SOGIC (LGBT) Section Hero Award and has been published in journals such as the University of Toronto Law Journal and the Journal of Medical Ethics.