laglcThe Los Angeles LGBT Center announces the launch of the Trans Cosmetic Donation Program, a unique and exciting opportunity for members of the beauty industry to donate unused personal hygiene and cosmetic products to transgender and gender non-conforming people. Created by internationally renowned hair stylist Andrew Fitzsimons, the program designates the Center to receive these donated products and to manage their distribution to clients of the Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP) and to the clients of various local organizations that serve the trans community.

Transgender people—particularly trans women of color—experience higher rates of poverty and unemployment, impeding their ability to purchase personal hygiene and cosmetic products.

“Transgender and gender non-conforming people need these products to look their best and to shine as their authentic selves, particularly at job interviews, professional networking events, and in the workplace,” said Drian Juarez, program manager of the Center’s TEEP. “I urge the many brands, stylists, influencers, and editors who are part of the multibillion-dollar beauty industry to help trans and gender non-conforming people thrive!”

“Being a feminist and working in the beauty industry, I thought for a long time about how I could give back to make a difference,” said Fitzsimons, whose clients have included Adele, Kourtney Kardashian, and model Ashley Graham. “I receive boxes and boxes of self-care and beauty products every single day—never knowing what to do with them. I decided to create this program and pool our resources because your appearance can empower you and make you feel confident.”

Donations of unused personal hygiene and cosmetic products may be brought to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Highland facility located at 1220 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood during business hours. Donors are encouraged to notify Center staff members that the products are for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project.

Hair and beauty companies, among them Alterna Haircare, Mane Addicts, Bioré, and L’Oréal, have already committed to donate products to the program.

To date, some of the local partner organizations that have expressed interest in receiving these donated products are APLA Health, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Bienestar, Transgender Health Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Minority AIDS Project, and TransLatin@ Coalition.

To learn more about the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Prject, visit lalgbtcenter.org/TEEP.

To learn more about Andrew Fitzsimons, follow him on Instagram at @AndrewFitzsimons.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's more than 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.