Columbia Students Succeeding: Pier Kids The Life

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Bwog was recently tipped about a documentary produced by Nathan Proctor, and created by Elegance Bratton, both currently GS students at Columbia University.  The following is a brief synopsis of the documentary:

Pier Kids: The Life examines the legacy of Stonewall and the Gay Rights Movement it ignited by following the lives of DeSean, Krystal, and Casper, three gay and transgender youth of color who, after being pushed out of their home because of their sexuality, have become homeless on the same street the riots took place more than forty years ago.

The story of the Director, Elegance Bradley, is as follows:

 He was forced out of his home by his Mother at the age of 16, spend the next ten years homeless, joined the Marine Corps as a black, gay man during Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, came to Columbia on the GI Bill, and now, while studying African American Studies and Anthroplogy, is making a film that is in many ways a letter to a mother who still not only refuses to accept him, but avoids him at all costs.

The documentary has been featured in The Huffington Post and Out Magazine, and has just been backed by Paul Schrader, the writer of Taxi Driver, often lauded as one of the greatest movies of all time. In addition, JD Samson, a member of the band Le Tigre and JD Samson & MEN, recently made a donation to the documentary’s Kickstarter.

If you are interested in donating to the documentary, a link to the their Kickstarter campaign can be found here.


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  1. Good.

    Both these guys are good people and I'm expecting great things from them.

  2. Anonymous  

    I'm so excited for this! Elegance and Nathan are wonderful people.

  3. for reference  

    spec covered this more thoroughly about a year ago:

    Bratton is also featured in this excellent story from the eye about student veterans:

  4. um  

    elegance's last name is bratton, not bradley.

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