Gareth Henry- Fighting for Equal Rights

Gareth Henry is a Jamaican badminton player with nearly a decade of experience. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment is being part of the team that won bronze at 2015 Pan American Games. Henry has played together with Samuel O’Brien Ricketts to win gold at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Henry has been ranked as high as 109 in the world and has several medals during his career. Gareth Henry is a gay man who is passionate about gay rights. Four years ago, Henry went through a horrific ordeal when he was corned and beaten by policen in Kingston. He was forced to flee to Canada where he was eventually granted asylum.

Henry would go on to be part of the legal team that against Kingston at the Commission of Human Rights. Henry would go on to describe a horrific even in which police were planted outside his house saying they would kill him. Henry had become known for housing other gay men who had been turned away by family members. Reporting anti-gay hate crimes hits close to home for Gareth Henry. He has spent years watching others suffer. More than thirteen of his friends have been victims of anti-gay attacks.

It’s because of his efforts that conditions in his homeland are better today. Just last year Jamaica held the third ever PRiDE Jamaica celebration. Despite such progress, polls show that many Jamaicans do not support changes and do not agree with equal rights for gay men or trans people. Gareth Henry has been able to overcome hatred and live his live. In 2010 he was able to marry Aron Charles, eventually divorcing a few years later. He is currently engaged to Patrick Suragdeen. Henry enjoys a variety of activities including traveling, and spending time with friends. He remains committed to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community.

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