Statement by Lezlee Westine, President and CEO, Personal Care Products Council, on the U.S. House of Representatives Passage of H.R. 5, The Equality Act



Lisa Powers, (202) 297-1232, 
Stefanie Harrington, (202) 615-6558,
Jamie Kurke, (202) 258-5285,

Washington, D.C. – “The Personal Care Products Council applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Equality Act. This legislation sets a clear federal standard that enables individuals to succeed based on their abilities and qualifications to perform a job. It also amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to affirm explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity — a critical step toward ensuring LGBTQ Americans equal treatment with dignity and respect.

“The cosmetics and personal care products industry believes that every LGBTQ American deserves the right of equal opportunity and should never be discriminated against in the workplace or community.

“We urge the U.S. Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass this critical legislation as quickly as possible, making these protections the law of the land.”


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Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, makeup and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.