My political work centres on strengthening and resourcing racial and economic justice movements while building solidarity between sex workers and the left. I believe in a world where poor and working class women win control over their lives and destinies, including the right to sell sex with safety and respect and the right to live free of violence and poverty.
Achieving that world requires transformative change. It requires racial, social and economic justice where all life is valued and where everyone has enough. I believe that the path to lasting transformative change is through building the power of the people–social movement organizing.
Chanelle Gallant is a social justice organizer, strategist, coach and ??. She has worked with organizations and individuals building grassroots power for 20 years. She is on the Leadership Team for Showing Up For Racial Justice (US), co-founded the Migrant Sex Workers Project and is on the advisory board of Resource Movement.
Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications including “Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good” Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies from The Transformative Justice Movement, Dis/Consent and Red Light Labour.
Back in the day, Chanelle 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 white single mother, a queer femme and a survivor.
She is working on a book about left/anti-capitalist 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, the Petun, and the present-day Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit who carry on stewardship.