Gareth Henry was born in Jamaica on October 20, 1977. He is an activist dealing with social justice, HIV/Aids, and LGBTQ. He currently lives in Toronto Canada after he ran away from his country because of homophobic violence as well as threats. Henry was brought up by a single mother after his dad became absent from his life. While in his country, Gareth Henry took it to himself to fight for the right of the gay people. He became the head of the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) an association that was concerned with the welfare of the gay people. He helped the people who rights were violet to report to the police.
Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG)’s leader had died through homophobic attacks including other group members. Because of this, nobody was ready to take over the leadership of the group after experiencing what had happened to the former leader. However, Gareth came up and was elected as the leader of the group. The managed the group until the time he ran away from Jamaica fearing for his life.
It was after he became the group’s head that the police started looking for him. He experienced a lot of attacks both from the police officers as well as from the public. Unfortunately, he did not receive any protection from the bodies that were supposed to protect him. For instance, Gareth Henry claims that he reported to the ministry of justice about what he was going through, but the ministry did not do anything. He went ahead to meet some politicians hoping that he will get help, but all was in vain.
Before Gareth Henry left for Canada for safety, he experienced 13 members of the gay community killed though homophobic attacks and the government did not do anything about it. These are some of the things that have made the gay community to fear for their lives and want to run away from Jamaica. Gareth has been granted asylum in Canada, and he has no intentions of ever going back to his native country. He works in Canada with organizations that are concerned about the LGBTQ people across the world.