I fight for a world where sex workers win control over their lives and destinies. The right to sell sex with safety and respect and the right to reject sex work due to coercion or poverty requires a transformative change in our society. It requires social and economic justice where all life is valued and where everyone has enough. I believe that the way to win that lasting transformative change is through the power of the people–social movement organizing. I work to resource and strengthen those social movements while building their solidarity with sex workers.
Chanelle Gallant is based in Toronto/Tkaronto where she has been an organizer, strategist, fundraiser and trainer in movements for sex workers rights and racial justice for nearly two decades. She is on the board for SURJ National (US), co-founded the Migrant Sex Workers Project and has worked with many sex work organizations locally and nationally including Butterfly, Maggie’s, Desiree Alliance, Red Canary Song and SPOC
Chanelle’s work centres on strengthening and resourcing economic and racial justice movements while building cross-movement solidarity between sex workers and the left.
Her writing has appeared in over a dozen books and reports, including the NYT best-seller “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good”, and Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from The Transformative Justice Movement, MTV news, Bitch Magazine, Huffington Post and The Abolitionist (a publication dedicated to the strategy and practice of prison industrial complex abolition).
Back in the day, she was a sex columnist for Chatelaine magazine, a campus radio host, founded the Feminist Porn Awards and was one of the organizers of the raided Pussy Palace. She’s also a former sex worker, the eldest daughter of a poor single mother, a settler and a queer femme survivor.
She is working on a book and podcast about left/liberatory sex work politics and you can find her on twitter here.
Chanelle resides on two-row wampum belt territory–the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Senecas, the Huron-Wendat, the Petun, and the present-day Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit who carry on stewardship.