Up North Pride Mission

Our mission is to foster inclusive spaces that provide education, inspire activism, and celebrate community through the production of LGBTQ+ events in Northern Michigan.

Up North Pride Story


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.