“HOOKED”— Homeless Gay Youth

“Hooked”

Homeless LGBT Youth

Amos Lassen

Jack is a homeless teenage prostitute who has a smart mouth and who is impulsive. Daily he has had to deal with a world of reckless johns between New York City and Miami. He is desperately seeking a better life with his boyfriend Tom. 

We see a harsh world where even good intentions can cause terrible results. Without pointing fingers at any particular group, the documentary, “Hooked” shows how even the gay community is contributing to the perpetuation of the LGBT homeless youth problem. However, not all is sad or bleak and there is hope to be found through the humanity in both the leading couple and even though a married closet case named Ken.

 We meet Jack in New York, turning tricks on the evening before his eighteenth birthday. He spends most of his time in a world that is often abusive and filled with rich eccentrics. His only ally is his boyfriend Tom. They live together in a shelter, but their safety there is often compromised by the threat of Tom’s father finding them. Jack sees an opportunity to make a better life for himself and Tom by taking a trip to Miami with a “john” named Ken.

At first, Ken appears more honest and caring than the usual john, even winning Jack’s trust until Jack finds him on a Skype call with his never-mentioned wife. His faith in humanity is once again smashed and Jack steals Ken’s drugs and handgun. He eventually embarks on a drug- binge and encounters the sleaziest and slimiest characters of Miami and he falls deeper into the hole than he himself began. started.

In the United Stated today, LGBT youth are 8 times more likely to end up homeless as a direct result of homophobia. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, LGBT homeless youth are 7.4 Times more likely to experience acts of sexual violence than their heterosexual counterparts. Over 58% of these kids have been sexually victimized. Their suicide rate is more than two times higher as well. It’s even common for “normal” shelters to simply refuse to serve transgender kids. 

It’s apparent that LGBT kids need a place they can go to be safe… to find guidance from people who actually identify with the things they are going through. It’s not special treatment, it’s a necessity. The shelters that exist have small budgets .

“It’s apparent that LGBTQ kids need a place they can go to be safe to find guidance from people who actually identify with the things they are going through. It’s not special treatment, it’s a necessity”. “Hooked” tells a poignant and moving story that focuses on an often-ignored issue in the LGBTQ community. The film strives to help this by making us aware and guaranteeing that50% of the film’s proceeds will go to LGBTQ youth homeless shelters.

 

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