How Color Factory Celebrates PRIDE

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

― Maya Angelou

On June 28th, 1969, the Stonewall Uprising happened right around the corner from the current location of Color Factory NYC. At the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, members of the LGBTQ+ community demonstrated against police harassment, sparking ongoing political activism. During Pride Month and year-round, Color Factory stands alongside the LGBTQ+ community and remains an ally in the continued fight for equality, justice, and fairness for all. We strive for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where all employees, volunteers, artists and vendors, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, positions, and locations. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and work to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

To provide informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity, Color Factory strives to:

  • See diversity, inclusion, and equity as connected to our mission and critical to ensure the well-being of our staff and guests.
  • Acknowledge and dismantle any inequities within our policies, practices, and systems, and continually update and report organization progress.
  • Explore potential underlying, unquestioned assumptions that interfere with inclusiveness.
  • Advocate for and support executive-level thinking about how systemic inequities impact our organization’s work, and how best to address that in a way that is consistent with our mission.
  • Practice and encourage transparent communication in all interactions.
  • Commit time and resources to expand more diverse leadership within our staff, artist and community partnerships.
  • Lead with respect and tolerance. We expect all employees to embrace this notion and to express it in workplace interactions and through everyday practices.
  • Provide equal benefits for every one of our employees, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  
  • Recognize June 28th as a staff holiday, providing our whole team the chance to reflect on the trials and successes of the LGBTQ+ community. 
  • Donate 20% of proceeds from our Love Wins & Pride-themed products to organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community, year-round. Currently, we donate to The Okra Project, The Montrose Center, and Encircle.

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