top of page


Cumberland, Maryland was once “The Queen City”, a hub of industry and culture in Appalachia, a region known for its Bible Belt conservatism and Rust Belt work ethic. But with the gradual departure of industry the region fell into a slow descent into economic stagnation and cultural decline. But even here, flowers are growing in the cracked pavement: the local queer community has banded together to create a thriving drag scene, and – against all odds – built the largest Pride movement in the region, even as a growing backlash against drag queens has emerged across the United States."The Queens of Queen City” is a documentary project exploring the courage, risks, and repercussions of openly expressing LGBTQ identities in rural, conservative America.

Winner of a Pulitzer Grant, Finalist for LensCulture Portrait Awards, Honorable Mention for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, and the ZEKE Award for Doc Photography. Out now in VQR with an essay from Rae Garringer

bottom of page