Beyond the Ban: Taking Action Against Conversion Practices After Bill C-4

2022, Equity + Justice, Health

In January 2022, Canadian Parliament’s Bill C-4 became law, making it a crime to perpetrate so-called “conversion therapy” practices. While this legislation sends an unequivocal message denouncing these traumatic practices, there is much more work to be done to fully eradicate conversion practices from Canadian institutions—including publicly funded healthcare.

This panel discussion features law and bioethics scholar Florence Ashley (they/them)—author of Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy Analysis (UBC Press, 2022)—and Jules Sherred (he/him), writer, disability and trans rights activist, and conversion therapy survivor. Florence and Jules will discuss shortcomings of the recent Canadian conversion therapy ban, the insidious nature of conversion practices within the public healthcare system, and relationships between institutional forms of oppression and conversion practices—with a particular focus on equity and justice for trans people.

Attendees will come away from this event with a deeper understanding of trans conversion practices and an invitation to commit to social justice actions that can improve conditions for trans people throughout Canadian institutions and social environments. The session is moderated by SFU Assistant Professor Travis Salway (he/him) and hosted on unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Wed, 28 Sep 2022

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (PT)
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

In-person. Mask-wearing required.

SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Room 320
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

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About the speakers

Florence Ashley (they/them)

Florence Ashley (they/them) is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist currently completing a doctorate at the University of Toronto. Florence frequently contributes to public discussions around trans issues and served as the first openly transfeminine clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada. They are widely published in law and healthcare and are the author of Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy Analysis (UBC Press, 2022).

Jules Sherred (he/him)

Jules Sherred (he/him) is a photographer, author, journalist, and outspoken advocate for disability and trans rights. He has consulted on policy and legislation at multiple levels of government in regards to trans issues, has written about his personal experiences with conversion practices, and specifically advocated for improvements to legislative bans in order to encompass practices targeting trans people and identities. Jules’s cookbook Crip Up the Kitchen: Realistic Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for the Disabled Kitchen is due to be published by TouchWood Edition in Spring 2023.


COVID-19 safety protocols: masks required

We require that all in-person attendees wear a mask for this event.

While mask-wearing in public indoor settings is no longer mandated under British Columbia's Public Health Act, individual business and event organizeers can choose to require masks on their premises and for their events. We appreciate your continued cooperation!

We ask that you please be respectful and patient with staff, volunteers and fellow attendees and be mindful of others’ comfort levels as we all navigate the return to in-person indoor events.

Registration disclaimer

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.


The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street). Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors. The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor (take the hallway to the right). All floors within the building are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators. 

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Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting our community guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the usernames and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
  • Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.