Melinda Chateauvert is an activist and historian located in Washington, DC and New Orleans. Her book, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk will be published by Beacon Press in January, 2014. 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, and offers courses at the New Orleans Free School in the spring. 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 doctorate in U.S. History at the University of Pennsylvania, by way of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and George Washington University. At present, she serves on the board of the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, and is a past board member of HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) in D.C. and an advisor for Women With A Vision in New Orleans.
Thank you! I have not read your book yet but I saw you on a crime series today about the monster Richard Cottingham.
Your commentary on how sex workers vilification lead to so many of them being treated terribly and even abandoned by police was truly heart breaking.
So thank you for supporting decriminalization for sex workers. They deserve so much better.