A Road to Home tracks the lives of six homeless LGBTQ young people over 18 months. Their lives typify the experience of the 500,000 homeless youth on American streets every night, 40% of them LGBTQ.
For four of the young people, being LGBTQ is the third strike against them, for they’ve grown up as people of color and in poor families. All six of the youth have been rejected by their families. Following them all over New York City, we explore how they learn to survive in the streets, then struggle to find beds and some sense of purpose and direction for their lives.
In the course of their journeys, four of them get aid from the Ali Forney Center, a program devoted solely to homeless LGBTQ youth. The struggle of its founder Carl Siciliano to keep its programs alive mirrors the journeys of the kids themselves. What the film reveals is not only the dangers, the fears, the lonely anxiety of being homeless, but also the resulting wounds to the heart that must be healed. The 6 characters in this film are determined that their current traumas will not define them for the rest of their lives.