Chanelle Gallant is a long time activist, writer and trainer with a focus on sex and justice. She began organizing in 2000 (with the “Pussy Palace”, a queer bathhouse that was raided by police), and has organized to build the power of people in the sex trade since 2004. She has spoken and published widely, co-founded north america’s first grassroots organization of migrants, sex workers and allies and the first chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) outside of the U.S.
She is a prison and policing abolitionist and was formerly on the advisory board of the Transformative Justice/Harm Reduction Project and for Use The Right Words: A Guide to Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada.
She currently coaches and trains organizers and her writing has appeared in MTV news, TruthOut, the Rumpus, Bitch magazine, HipMama and various anthologies. She was a Lambda Literary fellow for 2017 and is working on her first book–a theory of sexual labour.
She resides on the territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabe, Huron-Wendat and Mississaugas of the New Credit territory (Toronto).