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Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project (ESPLP)

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The Erotic Service Provider Legal Education and Research Project (ESPLP) is a diverse community-based erotic service provider led group which seeks to empower the erotic community and advance sexual privacy rights through legal advocacy, education, and research. In our legal advocacy, we seek to create change through a combination of impact litigation, policy statements, and voicing our concerns for our community in political arenas.

If you want to sign up to volunteer at a Folsom event and select the Supporting Beneficiary ESPLP as your beneficiary, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Claire at claire.alwyne@gmail.com.

Folsom Street Events is proud to support ESPLP in their work supporting sex workers. ESPLP is the lead plaintiff in ESPLPERP v Gascon - (http://esplerp.org/case3-esplerp-vs-gascon/) which challenges the constitutionality of California law criminalizing prostitution. The lawsuit is based on the 2003 Supreme Court decision of Lawrence v. Texas and the 5th Circuit Appellate decision of Reliable Consultants v. Earle - in both of which the Supreme Court established that private intimate behavior between adults is constitutionally protected. The case is now on appeal in the Ninth Circuit where we have been supported in amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs by more than thirty civil rights and LGBTQ organizations including the ACLU, Lambda Legal, the Free Speech Coalition, the Transgender Law Center, and the Woodhull Freedom Foundation.

To help earn funds for ESPLP this year by volunteering at one of the four events this year:

  • Bay of Pigs dance party on Saturday, July 29 - REGISTER HERE
  • Up Your Alley street fair on Sunday, July 30 - REGISTER HERE
  • Magnitude dance party on Saturday, September 23 - REGISTER HERE
  • Folsom Street Fair on Sunday, September 24 - REGISTER HERE
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