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Topic For Friday, June 12th, 2015:
FILM SCREENING | PIER KIDS: The Life


On Friday, June 12, join The Gatekeepers Collective with filmmaker Elegance Bratton @ 8:00 PM @ JMG’s Safe Space for a screening of PIER KIDS: The Life.


The film follows the stories of three young people: DeSean, Krystal, and Casper. Together, these three people weave a surprisingly complex story of love, family, exploitation, beauty, and hope. 

“More than 1.6 million homeless teens between the ages of 12 and 17 sleep in public areas or shelters in the country. According to a report (click here), LGBT youth make up 40 percent of the homeless youth population. Homeless teens in New York City account for 3,800 and Black LGBT teens account for 1,600.” *

* SOURCE: ABC News

About the filmmaker:
Unable to be who he was at home, film-maker, Elegance Bratton joined the ranks of homeless, gay, Christopher Street youth at 16.  In the ensuing years, he would enlist in the Marines, become a film-maker, attend Columbia University, and NYU film School.

To shed light on Black SGL/LGBT homeless youth, Elegance began making PIER KIDS: The Life.
Together, we will consider:

- As SGL Black men, do we bear any responsibility to SGL/LGBT Black youth who have been discarded by their families and by society?

- If we wanted to, how might we help to bring them out of invisibility and provide them adequate support and encouragement -– a platform and resources by which to become as powerful as they can be?



The Gatekeeper's Collective
@
JMG's Safe Space
730 Riverside Drive (@ 150th Street)
Suite 9E
Harlem, New York City
8:00 PM

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS:
TAKE THE #1 TRAIN TO 145TH STREET STATION
OR THE M4, M5, M100 OR M101 BUS TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY

BROTHERS ARE ASKED TO BRING A POTLUCK DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE

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OR THE
M4, M5, M100 OR M101 TO
149TH STREET & BROADWAY
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BROTHERS ARE ASKED
TO BRING A POTLUCK
DISH AND / OR BEVERAGE

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