About the Author

Melinda Chateauvert is an activist and historian located in New Orleans and Washington, DC.  Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk (Beacon Press, 2014) is now available in paperback. She has taught courses on Community Organizing, the Modern Black Freedom Movement, Sex Work, and Gender & Sexuality in African American Families for over twenty years. She is a high school drop-out from Iowa who hitchhiked to San Francisco in 1976, back when folks still strolled Union Square, the Tenderloin, the Fillmore and Broadway. Years later, she earned a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Pennsylvania, by way of women’s studies degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and George Washington University. A community activist who started protesting with a black armband against the Vietnam War, more recently she has served on the boards of HIPS, advocating for the health rights of people engaged in sex work or drug use, as well as the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, and with Women With A Vision in New Orleans, as well as other organizations.