“My political work centres on strengthening and resourcing racial and economic justice movements and building solidarity between sex workers and the left. I fight for a world where poor and working class women win control over their lives and destinies and have what they need to thrive, free of violence or poverty. I believe that the path to that lasting transformative change is through the power of the people–grassroots movement organizing.”
Chanelle Gallant has been active in grassroots movements for sex workers rights and racial justice for 20 years as an organizer, writer, movement strategist, trainer, fundraiser and speaker. She is on the Leadership Team for Showing Up For Racial Justice in the US, co-founded the Migrant Sex Workers Project and is on the Advisory Board of Resource Movement and has worked with sex work organizations locally and nationally including Butterfly, Maggie’s, Desiree Alliance, Red Canary Song and SPOC.
Her writing about sexuality, social justice and sex work has appeared in dozens of publications including Pleasure Activism, Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from The Transformative Justice Movement, Dis/Consent, Red Light Labour and Bitch, MTV News, TruthOut and the Rumpus.
Back in the day, Chanelle was a sex columnist for a national women’s magazine, a campus radio host, founded the Feminist Porn Awards and was one of the organizers of the raided Pleasure Palace (fka the Pussy Palace). She’s a queer femme who grew up poor as the eldest daughter of a single mom, a survivor and a prison and police abolitionist.
She has a Master’s degree in Sociology and is currently working on a book about the anti-trafficking industry and migrant sex worker movements, with Elene Lam. You can find her on twitter here.
Chanelle resides on Dish With One Spoon territory–the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe Nation and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Senecas, the Huron, and the present-day Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit who carry on stewardship.