Survivors of conversion practices – interventions meant to stop gender transition – have likened these to torture. In the last decade, bans on these deeply unethical and harmful processes have proliferated, and governments across the world are considering following suit.
Banning Transgender Conversion Practices considers pivotal questions for anyone studying or working to prevent these harmful interventions. What is the scope of the bans? How do they differ across jurisdictions? What are the advantages and disadvantages of legislative approaches to regulating trans conversion therapy? How can we improve these prohibitions? Florence Ashley answers these questions and demonstrates the need for affirmative health care cultures and detailed laws that clearly communicate which practices are banned.
Banning Transgender Conversion Practices centres trans realities to rethink and push forward the legal regulation of conversion therapy, culminating in a carefully annotated model law that offers detailed guidance for legislatures and policymakers.
1 What Are Trans Conversion Practices?
2 Interpreting the Scope of Bans
3 Legal Variants Across the Globe
4 Opposition and Constitutional Challenges to Bans
5 Policy Analysis
6 Developing an Affirmative Professional Culture
7 Annotated Model Law for Prohibiting Conversion Practices
Appendix: Professional Organizations Opposing Trans Conversion Practices
Notes; Glossary; Index
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.
Florence Ashley does a magnificent job putting theory into practice.
~Rebecca Sanaeikia, University of Rochester, Medical Law International
Authored by an award-winning legal scholar, this book has an obvious home beyond academic law library collections.
~Alexandra Kwan, University of Toronto, Canadian Law Library Review