Chanelle Gallant is a long time organizer, trainer and writer 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 with people in the sex trade since 2004. She has been interviewed by every major media outlet in canada, wrote the first sex column for Chatelaine magazine and co-founded north america’s first grassroots organization of migrants, sex workers and allies. In 2016, she helped found 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 now coaches and trains organizers and writes. Her writing has appeared in MTV news, TruthOut, the Rumpus, Bitch magazine 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 Haudenesaunee, Mississauga of New Credit, Huron-Wendat and Métis Nation of Ontario.