Chanelle Gallant is a feminist and sex work organizer, writer, speaker and trouble-maker. She began organizing in 2000 and has worked to build the power of people in the sex trade locally and internationally since 2004. She co-founded the Migrant Sex Workers project, has been a trainer for the Catalyst Project and Desiree Alliance, organized with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and was on the advisory board of the Transformative Justice/Harm Reduction Project. She is a member of the national leadership team for Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and co-founded the Toronto chapter.
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.
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.
Chanelle speaks on criminalization, sexuality, race and gender, she trains organizers and is working on her first book–-about the value and work of sex. She loves snakeprint, tiny babies, travel and boss babes of all genders.
Chanelle resides on the traditional territories 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 of this land. (Toronto)