Activism

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).

 

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