Gareth Henry has seen the darkest side of being a gay in Jamaica. It is not well known, and he is bringing this very real reality for many gays to light so that the rest of the world can see. He has lost 13 of his friends to gay brutality and more dies each day simply because of their sexual preference and the zero tolerance in Jamaica and in the other 75 countries around the world.
Gareth Henry is dedicated to helping LGBTQ Jamaicans who are wanting to escape their lives and even death. Gareth Henry is a former co-chair of the Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays, also known as J-FLAG, and he has many stories to tell about the downright gruesome way that many gays are treated in his homeland. He is a victim himself and was badly beaten and threatened with death which is why he fled his country to become a refugee in Canada.
He works at the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation where he is an interim director. He volunteers for Rainbow Railroad when he is not working. Rainbow Railroad is a nonprofit group that is helping to relocate people all over the world who are LGBTQ and are being persecuted.
Gareth Henry is an activist who is making the world aware of the horrible things that so many people have had to endure simply because of their sexual preference. Many gays have had to live in sewers and in cemeteries to stay alive and to get away form persecutors, and it is horrific that anyone should have to live this way in this day and age, but they do, and not many people even know about it.
Thanks to Henry, in 2016 he was able to help relocate 60 persecuted refugees to new countries where they were able to escape persecution. Many of these refugees where Jamaican. It is a temporary solution, but it keeps them alone so that hopefully one day they won’t have to live with persecution in their homelands. He is very passionate about what the Rainbow Railroad does.
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