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Banning Transgender Conversion Practices

A Legal and Policy Analysis

A powerful consideration of the legal regulation of conversion therapy.

Survivors of conversion practices—interventions meant to stop gender transition—have likened their experiences 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 the pivotal concerns 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? In answering these questions, Florence Ashley demonstrates the need for affirmative health care cultures and detailed laws. Banning Transgender Conversion Practices centers 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.

220 pages | 6 x 9

Law and Society

Gender and Sexuality

Law and Legal Studies: Law and Society

Table of Contents

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

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