Meet the Team

Eric Paul Leue

Eric Paul Leue

Executive Director

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Eric is a long-time HIV/LGBTQQI activist, HIV Commissioner for LA County, and a staunch advocate for progressive and science-based approaches to sex, sexual health, sexual wellness, and equal rights.

Leue has extensive experience in both nonprofit and for-profit arenas. He has managed sales, budgets and fundraising for multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations and his own successful businesses.

He has been named one of the “Top HIV Advocates of 2015” by HIV Plus magazine, one of the Advocate’s “40 Under 40” that same year, has been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for his “Untiring Advocacy” and “Exemplary Service”, and was awarded the prestigious “Rainbow Key Award” of the City of West Hollywood.

Lotus Lain

Lotus Lain

Industry Relations

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

Performer and activist Lotus Lain has joined the Free Speech Coalition team to help manage relationships between the organization, its members, and the wider adult industry.

Lain’s first priority will be to grow the FSC INSPIRE program, which aims to help performers who are new to the industry understand their rights, expectations and the resources available to them. Currently, the program primarily helps new performers avoid unlicensed or unbonded agents.

Mike Stabile

Mike Stabile

Director of Communications

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Mike Stabile is a journalist and documentary filmmaker who has written about and advocated for sex workers and sexual speech for over a decade. His work has been published in a wide range of publications, including the Daily Beast, Salon, Buzzfeed, Playboy and the New York Times. Seed Money, his documentary on pornographer philanthropist Chuck Holmes was named one of the Best Documentaries of 2015 by The Advocate.

Stabile founded Polari Media to help non-traditional communities and businesses better communicate with a mainstream audience. He has handled communications for the Free Speech Coalition since 2013.

Ian Timothy O'Brien

Ian Timothy O'Brien

Sr. Director of Programs and Operations

Pronouns: He / Him / His

Ian works with regulators of both the pleasure products and adult film industries, to compile, analyze and provide accurate, evidence-based research on issues ranging from zoning and lubricants to workplace safety and public health.  He also works on research on the industry as a whole, working to combat pseudo-scientific concepts like porn addiction and the porn public health crisis, a crucial focus at a time when over two dozen states are using such studies to ban or censor adult content.

O’Brien attended graduate school at Columbia University’s prestigious Mailman School of Public Health.

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