Where Do We Go From Here? (Hate Crimes on the Pier)
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As I sit here today, employed by GMHC as a counselor, HIV tester, and outreach worker for at-risk youth, I think back on how I got here and what empowered me to take this path. I remember it like it was yesterday: my first time in the neighborhood of the West Village in Manhattan (also known as the Village). It was the most heart-racing experience I could've ever imagined! I'd moved to New York City to find myself. I was at the basketball courts at the West 4th Street subway station, trying to figure out where all the gay men hung out. Standing there for a whole hour, I wanted to ask passing pedestrians where the "gay area" was, but I was just too scared. Nervous and flustered, I saw a group of, let's just say "very colorful," young men walk past me. I carefully followed the group, hoping they were going to this gay sanctuary I'd been told about. After several nerve-racking and curious blocks, I could see for certain that I'd finally arrived home. The Village, including the piers by ...
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