Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride (UP Pride) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Marquette, Michigan. Our main goals include providing resources and hosting local LGBT-friendly activities and events. All board meetings are open to the public. Activities and events (like our annual Pride Fest) can be found on our google calendar, on our website www.uprainbowpride.org, or on our facebook community page. Community members can also connect to one another using our facebook group.
UP PRIDE believes that all healthy expressions of gender and sexuality should be supported. Pride is having the freedom to embrace your identity while being able to overcome the obstacles you face on a daily basis. Pride is about unconditional love, which anyone should be free to celebrate regardless of race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, education, religion, disability, financial or familial status.
OUR HISTORY: We began meeting and planning events in the summer of 2013 with the hopes of one day holding Upper Michigan's first Pride Fest. In September of 2014 we met that milestone! In 2015 we began planning more monthly events and gatherings, reaching out to a much wider community and offering more support. We met our long-time goal of becoming a 501c3 nonprofit organization and our other goal of building a new website in Summer of 2016. September 2017 brought us to our FOURTH Pride Fest event to Marquette and the biggest one yet, with an estimated 2,000 in attendance throughout the day.
In 2018 we are shifting our focus toward collaboration with other groups to provide more resources, applying for grants and obtaining donations so that we can continue to host events, and working toward our eventual goal of having an LGBT-Resource Center. Pride Fest 2019 is planned for Saturday, September 14th.
The evolution of Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride
Our first logo!
Our second logo!
Our current logo!