Henry Gareth’s Tribulations in the course of Advocacy for Gays and Lesbians

Gareth Henry is an activist, born in late 1977 and has been a vocal agent for the advocacy of LGBTQ social justice and HIV/AIDS. Gareth Henry is originally a Jamaican that fled his mother county and settled in Canada due to threats and homophobic threats in Jamaica. He was highly threatened due to his stand in the afore mentioned issues.

During his teenage years, his family remained very worried that he want interested in the opposite gender just like other boys of his age.

As fate would have it, Gareth Henry started feeling attracted to fellow boys. Jamaicans originally have always had a very low regard for Gay people. This made Henry remain a loner. During his 16th birthday, Henry moved away from his home and went to Kingston. He says that this was among the best times of his life. At Kingston, he was able to remain true to himself and his values. In college, Henry pursued a degree in social sciences and started his advocacy for stigma against victims of HIV/AIDS.

In the course of this advocacy, Gareth Henry has been able to meet various groups of Gays and Lesbians and founded an umbrella organization in Jamaica where they can collectively feel safe. Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) has remained a focal point for this marginalized community in the Caribbean country. The organization has been in existence since 1998. Things haven’t been any easier either for this organization. Their spokesman was murdered in cold blood on 9th July 2004. For the next four years, Henry kept loosing friends.

Jamaican authorities turned a deaf ear to Henry and his group’s plight. Henry Gareth had very few opportunities to survive in Jamaica and had to flee to Canada. In Canada, Henry has been very vocal in advocating for Gays and lesbians in the world and remains hopeful that the world will finally accept these people.

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