Chanelle Gallant is a long time activist, writer and educator 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 worked to build the power of people in the sex trade locally and internationally since 2004. She has spoken and published widely, co-founded north america’s first grassroots organization of migrants, sex workers and allies and co-founded the first chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) in Canada.
Chanelle 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. Her writing has appeared in MTV news, TruthOut, the Rumpus, Bitch magazine, HipMama and various anthologies as well as the prisoner newspaper The Abolitionist.
She currently coaches and trains organizers and is working on her first book–a theory of sexual labour and its value to capitalism. Her faves are sex workers, babies, comrades and boss babes (all genders).
Chanelle resides on the territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabe, Huron-Wendat and Mississaugas of the New Credit territory (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?
- 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)