* This presentation was originally recorded in French. Closed captioning is available in both English and French.
Each time a ban on conversion practices comes up for debate, a deluge of submissions come forth opposing the protection of gender identity and expression. Spurious accusations that trans identity arises from social contagion and trauma are fostering a fertile environment for conversion practices. For anti-trans movements, trans conversion practices can stop the “epidemic” of transness—all in the name of protecting vulnerable “girls” and queer youth. As advocates, we must be aware of the resurgence of trans conversion practices, understand the social and theoretical context within which they are inscribed, and strategize ways of concretely responding.