FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HISTORIC QUEER PUBLISHER CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AND DISCUSSES WHERE SEXUAL REVOLUTION IS NOW
To celebrate 50 years as Canada’s historic LGBTQ2S+ publisher, Pink Triangle Press and its media outlet Xtra will host an online discussion, “Protest and Pleasure: A Revolution Led By Sex Workers” discussing how sexual liberation and mutual liberation go hand in hand. Join Chanelle Gallant, Xtra contributor and organizer for sex worker rights on Wednesday, September 29 at 5pm EST for a free Facebook Live event with ASL interpretation.
Joining the discussion are Monica Forrester, the director of Trans Pride Toronto and an award-winning activist who fights for low-income and racialized trans people; and Toni-Michelle Williams, the executive director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaPCo), an Atlanta-based organization working to build safety and end the criminalization of the Black trans community. Together, they’ll explore a conversation on why trans women of colour sex workers are leaders in the revolution in sexual liberation.
Host Chanelle Gallant says, “I believe that sex workers have developed the most transformational sexual liberation politics of any social justice movement. But Black trans women sex worker activists like Toni-Michelle Williams and Monica Forrester do not get the recognition they deserve as visionaries dreaming a new world and as political leaders strategizing on how to get us there. This event is an opportunity to listen to Forrester and Williams in conversation as they bring together inspiring political vision with humour, compassion and so much wisdom about sex.”
“Times have changed since the founding of Pink Triangle Press 50 years ago and it was time to revisit what sexual liberation means today,” Gallant says. “With the Protest and Pleasure series, I set out to explore how power, money and politics shape our sexualities by talking to some of the most brilliant LGBTQ2S+ activists, thinkers and creators who are working toward social, economic justice and sexual liberation.”
Over this past summer, Xtra has been publishing “Protest & Pleasure,” a six-part series by Gallant in connection to Pink Triangle Press’s 50th anniversary. Pink Triangle Press has always been a leader in the sexual revolution, leading through their journalism that’s been a major part of queer history in Canada and beyond.
Rachel Giese, director of editorial for Xtra, also connects the event to that queer history: “Fifty years ago, a fiery and idealistic group of activists in Toronto launched the influential (and occasionally infamous) gay liberation newspaper, The Body Politic, leading to the establishment of Pink Triangle Press, the publisher of Xtra. The aim of the founding collective was to advance the cause of sexual liberation—particularly for people who were marginalized. And that work is far from over: whether it’s the crackdown on adult content on sites like Tumblr and OnlyFans, the ongoing criminalization of sex work, or the pearl-clutching response to queer artists like Lil Nas X, many of us still are censured, censored or punished for our desires. So on this very important anniversary of Pink Triangle Press, Xtra wanted to look at what sexual liberation means in the 21st century. Chanelle Gallant—a queer writer and longtime activist for social and sexual justice—was the perfect person to work with on this series.”
For more information contact:
Mitchell Cheeseman, marketing & brand manager
Pink Triangle Press