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There has been a recent unprecedented, coordinated campaign by state governments to deny gender-transition care to transgender youth. It is within this context that Florence Ashley argues in Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy Analysis that legislation banning conversion practices is both lifesaving to transgender people directly affected and an important step in securing health and the recognition of dignity for all transgender people. The Authors highly recommend the book as a thoughtful and well-researched look at the issue. They also expand on several topics discussed in the book, including the harm caused by these practices, the constitutionality of such legislation, and the underexplored influence of the troubled teen industry.

Recommended Citation

Jennifer Levi & Kevin Barry, “Made to Feel Broken”: Ending Conversion Practices and Saving Transgender Lives, 136 HARV. L. REV. 1112 (2023).