Chanelle Gallant is a transformative organizer, writer and trainer with a focus on sex and justice. She is a member of the national leadership team for Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) and co-founded the Migrant Sex Workers Project and the first SURJ chapter in Canada. She has published and presented widely on sex and/or social and economic justice.
Chanelle began organizing in 2000 (with the “Pussy Palace”, a queer bathhouse that was raided by police), and has worked to build the power of people in the sex trade locally and internationally since 2004. Through that work, she became a prison and policing abolitionist and was formerly on the advisory board of the Transformative Justice/Harm Reduction Project. She was the first sex columnist for Chatelaine magazine and founded the Feminist Porn Awards.
She currently coaches and trains organizers and is working on her first book–a theory of sexual labour. Her faves are sex workers, babies, comrades and boss babes (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)
- “Sex Workers And Domestic Workers — Exploring The Parallels” Roundtable on solidarities between sex workers and domestic workers experiences in Europe, with a focus on migration [AUDIO]
- “Organizing on the Corner: Trans Women of Colour and Sex Worker Activism in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s” (Between the Lines Press)
- Roundtable on Sex Work Politics and Prison Abolition Upping The Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action
- Tits and Sass “Activist Spotlight: The Migrant Sex Workers Project On Borders and Building Movements”
- Washington Post Want to Figure Out The Rules of Consent? Ask Sex Workers
- Esquire Magazine Will the Backpage Shutdown Make Sex Workers Less Safe?
- Radio Canada How anti-trafficking campaigns victimize migrant sex workers (full audio)
- CBC news Women strip-searched, charged in bathhouse raids reject public apology
- The Advocate Was Apology from Toronto Police to LGBTQ Community Too Late?
- Xtra Magazine Why these queer women stand in solidarity with gay men opposing Project Marie
- Globe and Mail Activist on declining Toronto Police apology for 1981 bathhouse raids
- Femifesto Sex Workers Are Experts at Sexual Consent
- Huffington Post Let’s Dispel the Myths around Sex Workers and Assault
- Dandyhorse Revolutions in Sex Work: Legislating Safety
- Vice Canadian Cops Launched a Sting Operation Against Sex Workers Last Month
- Now Magazine on sex worker responses to the Supreme Court ruling on prostitution
- The Globe and Mail Are sex workers being heard in the legal dialogue over prostitution?
- Decolonizing Solidarity: Conversations and Film Screening
- Reclaiming Revolution: Sex Working, Trans, 2 Spirit Feminists Rise Up!
- Remember the Living: Monica Forrester on Sisters in Spirit and Indigenous Sex Workers
- Miss Major in Toronto
- Testimony to House of Commons on “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons” Act (Bill C 36)
- Rights Not Rescue: on the harms of anti-trafficking policy (Law Union of Ontario)
- After Bedford: Whats Next? on The Impacts of Swedish Model on the Lives of Sex Workers (Law Union of Ontario)
- CTV news Supreme Court decision to strike down the prostitution laws in Canada
- Briarpatch magazine Strange Bedfellows: How Feminism and Porn Get it On at the Feminist Porn Awards (2008)
- Xtra magazine Emma Would Be Proud: The First Feminist Porn Awards (2006)
- Xtra magazine Pussy Pals (2000)