ATLANTA, Ga. — North Carolina photographer Keith Bailey (pictured) has launched his cross-country journey “Queer Across America,” with the pilot shooting taking place in Augusta, Ga., as qnotes hits the streets on Dec. 8. The three-day filming will be followed by other filmings in Atlanta before Christmas and then up to Charlotte, N.C., in January, reports.

A group of highly diverse gay men “visit gay and decidedly un-gay sites, attend events, do charity work, and educate themselves and others about gay life in America.”

Among the members of the troupe are Bailey (bear, Gastonia, N.C.), Quinton Link (twink, Lincolnton, N.C.), Bethann Phetamine (drag, Charlotte, N.C.), Charlie Harding and partner Scotty Rage (adult porn and performance personalities, Atlanta, Ga.), Chandler Bearden (AIDS activist, Atlanta, Ga.), Matt Colunga (body builder, Atlanta, Ga.) and Josh Lesser (a Reconstructionist rabbi and former student rabbi at Charlotte’s Havurat Tikvah congregation, Atlanta, Ga.).

The eclectic group will also travel to New Orleans, La., Cleveland, Ohio, Phoenix, Ariz., New York, N.Y., and Las Vegas, Nev. Depending on the shows success, it may also venture outside the U.S., continuing its exploration.

Contributions are being accepted online to fund the project at To learn more, visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...