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Jack is a homeless eighteen-year-old prostitute
with a smart mouth and impulsive tendencies. He battles through a violent world of reckless “johns” between New York City and Miami, desperately seeking the means to a better life for him and his boyfriend Tom.
We meet Jack in New York, turning tricks on the evening before his eighteenth birthday.
He spends most of his time in a world of often abusive, but affluent, eccentrics.
His only ally is his boyfriend Tom. They live together in a shelter, but their safety there is 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 smashed yet-again, Jack steals Ken’s drugs and handgun. He eventually embarks on a drug- binge and encounters the slimiest characters Miami has to offer, falling deeper into the hole than he started.
“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.”
Writer and Director of HOOKED
In the USA, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to end up homeless.
LGBTQ youth make up 5% of all youth and 40% of all homeless youth.
Over 58% of these kids have been sexually victimized
The homeless LGBTQ suicide rate is more than twice as high as their heterosexual counterparts.
—National Coalition for the Homeless
HOOKED tells a poignant and moving story
focused on an often ignored issue in the LGBTQ community while going way beyond simply raising awareness.
HOOKED strives to help end this silent epidemic by donating 50% of the film’s proceeds to LGBTQ youth homeless shelters