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Born a ward of the state and placed into the foster-care system when he was fifteen months old, DESEAN didn’t meet his birth mother until shortly before he turned eighteen. But the joyful reunion only lasted a few days. DeSean’s biological mother quickly pushed him out of her home for his sexual orientation. That is when DeSean came to Christopher Street, where he has been for the past five years. A natural born leader, DeSean breaks all the stereotypes of a young homeless black male and instead speaks with an intelligence and eloquence rarely found at any level of society. At the same time, however, he spends much of the film in jail.

"We are totally transfixed by Pier Kids: The Life."
"Pier Kids is already proving to be as raw as an open wound, a film that is at once provocative as it is necessary."
"Here are the descendants of the people in Paris is Burning, depicted by someone who's lived the madness and can relate, first-hand, why this is an important New York story and an important American story."
— Jennie Livingston, director of PARIS IS BURNING
"Pier Kids is an important documentary that tells the stories of the people who are often voiceless."