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Florence Ashley, Jurist and Bioethicist

Florence Ashley is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist based in the unceded Kanien’kehá:ka lands of Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal).

Florence uses “gay/ghem” and “they/them” pronouns in English. In French, they use both “ille” and “elle”, with feminine grammatical gender.

Florence Ashley is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist based in the unceded Kanien’kehá:ka lands of Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal). They are currently an LL.M. candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law, specialising in bioethics. Their thesis, written under the supervision of Dean Robert Leckey, bears on the legality of conversion therapy targeting gender identity. Florence is a fellow of the McGill Research Group on Health and Law.

Florence currently holds a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Master’s Award and previously held an O’Brien Fellowship at the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. They were granted the Bourse Dorais-Ryan 2017 by the Conseil québécois LGBT, as well as the Start Proud Student Leadership Scholarship 2018.

Florence is a member of the Comité trans of the Conseil québécois LGBT, a member of the Committee on sexual orientation and gender vocabulary of the Office québécois de la langue française, and serves as chair of the advisory board of the Trans Legal Clinic.

Florence was awarded the 2018-2019 Canadian Bar Association’s SOGIC Hero Award for their academic work, advocacy, and leadership in trans communities, becoming the youngest recipient of the award. They were also awarded a Scarlet Key by McGill University in 2019.

In 2019-2020, Florence will be the first openly trans clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, clerking for Justice Sheilah Martin. Their academic article “Don’t Be So Hateful”, published in the University of Toronto Law Journal, inspired the first special issue on trans law in Canadian history. Their publication in the Journal of Medical Ethics was featured in a National Post article.



In 2019-2020, Florence will be the first openly trans clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, clerking for Justice Sheilah Martin. Their academic article “Don’t Be So Hateful”, published in the University of Toronto Law Journal, inspired the first special issue on trans law in Canadian history. Their publication in the Journal of Medical Ethics was featured in a National Post article.

Their academic work has been published in the University of Toronto Law Journal​, Service social, the Archive of Sexual Behavior, The American Journal of Bioethics, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, the Journal of Medical Ethics, the Dalhousie Law Journal, and The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 


They frequently contribute to media conversations, having been interviewed by various media outlets, with publications in The Globe and Mail, CBC Opinions, the Montreal Gazette, Huffington Post, The Conversation, NOW Magazine, The Advocate, INTO More, Le Devoir, La Presse, Le Journal de Montréal, and Journal Métro.

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