For socializing and feeling free, pier is peerless

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BY ERICA RAKOWICZ  |  Why do you like coming to the Christopher St. Pier?
I come to the pier to meet with friends from other boroughs that I don’t get to see all the time. We come to socialize, and do different things and talk about different things. Sometimes you might get discovered here for modeling or something like that. It’s a blessing to come down here. It’s a wonderful thing.

[media-credit id=1 align="alignleft" width="300"][/media-credit]Have you ever encountered any harassment at the pier?
It gets annoying. We’re out here trying to have a good time. Someone might bring their own drinks or their own smokes and we’re just here to socialize, but the park police or the police might come by and stop us. Most of the people here know better not to fight it. Also, some straight people might come by and use the word “fag” toward us.

Anything else you’d like to share?
It’s going to be my third time marching in the Pride Parade. It’s going to be a lot of fun. If you’re going, make sure to bring a lot of sunscreen and a cooler full of bottled water.

Tiny T. Herrera, 22,  The Bronx (front row, second from right)

 

Why do you and your friends like coming to the Christopher St. Pier?
Whatever situation you might be — gay, transgender — it’s a good place for gay people to come and socialize. I stopped by to say hi to a few friends. It’s a good place to come for now.

Fenise Craddox, 29, Manhattan

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