Pier Kids interrogates the meaning of community within at-risk LGBT teens of colour who congregate around Christopher Street Pier in New York City. Casper, a young black man, is left vulnerable in his pursuit of true love while dealing with homelessness. Desean has reached the point where committing a crime or deliberately contracting HIV might be the best alternative to escaping a life on the streets. Krystal utilises the ballroom scene as a way to survive but is forced to return to her disapproving blood family for support when her gay family proves unable to help her. Rejected on account of their sexuality, and caught up in the precariousness of survival and self-preservation, the kids forge their own world on the margins of society.