Gareth Henry comes from Jamaica. He currently stays in Toronto, Canada. He spends much of his life trying to find ways of the LGBTQ people to flee Jamaica. The gay people who are living in Jamaica are facing persecution and death, and that is why Gareth Henry has dedicated his time to help them. Jamaica is one of the countries in the world where it is a crime to be in a relationship with somebody of the same sex. From Canada, he is trying to fight for the rights of the gay people in Jamaica.
While still in Jamaica, Gareth Henry was leading the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) for four years before he ran away to Canada. Major of his work involved helping the gay people to report about the injustice they were facing to the police.
While still working as the head of the group, Gareth witnessed 13 members of the group die through homophobic attacks. He claims that all these happened, but the incidents remained unnoticed as well as unheard because these are normal cases in Jamaica. These incidents have increased, thus, instilling fear in gay people.
With all the persecutions taking place and perpetrators walking free, the gay people in Jamaica fear for their lives, and they cannot wait for the day they will be able to leave their country.
Gareth Henry did all he could while in Jamaica to change the conditions of gay people but this made him be the target of the police officer. He remembers an incident that took place on Valentine’s Day where he was chased to a hiding place by an angry mob.
The mob pursued him to where he was hiding in Kingston pharmacy. They started beating them up, and Henry and his group called the police to come to rescue them. Unfortunately, when the police arrived, they did not listen to them; instead, they joined that mob and started beating them too.
Gareth Henry tried to seek justice for these injustices, but nobody was ready to listen to him. He later left for Canada after the situation became worse and he feared for his life.