21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Drag queen Maxine Young poses near the railroad tracks in Cumberland, MD

Maxine is one of the only queens of color in a predominately white region in Appalachia. She has never won the local ‘Queen of Queen City Pageant’. “Sometimes I think I’m not drag enough, you know. I’m pretty. I kind look kind of like a girl, and I think they just want to see men on the stage.”

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2022
Date Uploaded: 10.2023
Photo Location: Cumberland, Maryland, United States of America
Copyright: © Michael Snyder