Up North Pride Mission

Up North Pride strives for a future without discrimination. We do this by creating safe and inclusive spaces for self-expression in our Northern Michigan community, inspiring an authentic sense of activism in the continued fight for equality, and by producing LGBTQ+ Pride events that celebrate the uniqueness of all those living in and visiting Northern Michigan. As promoters of human rights and dignity, we represent a non-partisan, anti-racist, anti-violence, and anti-hate movement.

Up North Pride Story

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It all started at the little fleet…

in 2014 when a group of LGBT+ community members gathered to discuss the need to represent and celebrate the queer community in Northern Michigan.

The gathering was prompted when a straight-identified mother of 4 asked why there wasn't a Pride festival in Traverse City and how important she felt it was to raise her children in a community that celebrated diversity.

With the overflowing support of The Little Fleet owners, Gary and Allison Jonas, founders Jenn Cameron, Elon Cameron and Marta Turnbull moved quickly to organized a Visibility March on the sidewalks of Downtown Traverse City followed by a small gathering The Little Fleet.

In the 5 years since the original march, Up North Pride, has grown to be the largest participant-driven LGBT Pride March in Michigan and Michigan's Premier destination Pride Celebration as well as a leader in Northern Michigan's LGBT advocacy. 

Join us as we continue our work to make Northern Michigan a more diverse, inclusive and safe place for everyone.