THE QUEENS OF QUEEN CITY
Cumberland, Maryland was once the “Queen City”, a hub of industry and culture in Appalachia and second only to Baltimore for the largest urban population in the state. But the story of Cumberland has paralleled that of many once-great cities throughout the Appalachian region: the gradual departure of industry and, with it, a slow descent into economic stagnation, coupled by a rise of religious fundamentalism and political conservatism. But even here, flowers grow in the cracked pavement: a queer community has banded together, found its identity, and created a thriving drag scene. The “Queens of Queen City” explores the courage, risks, and repercussions of openly expressing LGBTQ identities in rural America,
Winner of a Pulitzer Center Reporting grant and Honorable Mention for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award.