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The Limits of Criminalizing Conversion Practices

October 19, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Florence Ashley (they/them), SJD Candidate – Faculty of Law and Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics, University of Toronto


In 2021, the federal government of Canada banned conversion practices across the country. These practices, which aim at changing, discouraging, or suppressing someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, are widely opposed by healthcare professions and considered unethical. Because the federal government has limited jurisdiction over healthcare, its ban is couched in criminal terms threatens imprisonment for those who violate it. This seminar will explore the limits of criminalization as a deterrent as well as the potential harms of the criminal justice system for survivors of conversion practices.

Additional Details:

The event is free and is open to the general public.

The direct link to the seminar will be sent out to registered participants 2 hours before the event. The JCB Bioethics Seminars are now being live-streamed to our YouTube channel. If you don’t receive the link 2 hours before the event, please head over there and click on the live stream. Subscribe to our channel to receive notices of upcoming events.


Please email Terry Yuen, jcb.ea@utoronto.ca.


October 19, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Joint Centre for Bioethics
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