Currently, different people have different sexualities, and they have gone ahead and opened up about their reality. However, many people do not accept the various individuals as they are. Well, as for Gareth Henry, he was once a Jamaican native, but his life took a turn, and he decided to flee to Canada seeking safe haven. His main reason for seeking asylum in a foreign country was because he was a victim of homophobic violence during his stay in Jamaica.
Well, Gareth Henry is widely known for being an LGBTQ, social justice, and HIV/AIDS activist. He was born on 20th October 1977 in a small town known as St. Mary’s. Unfortunately, Gareth was born to an absentee father and his mother was a teenager at the time of his birth. Well, as much as the circumstances weren’t as favorable, Gareth Henry was primarily raised by his grandmother since he used to spend most of his time with her.
As for education, Gareth was able to join high school at the age of 10. During that period, his peers noticed that he was attracted to people of the same sex. Since gay individuals were victimized, Gareth became a “loner,” and he was not able to open up about his reality with anyone, more so his family.
Afterwards, Gareth Henry was able to move out with his uncle after his 16th Birthday, and that was the first time that he truly felt like he was free to live as he wished. He felt that it was high time that he exercised his life as a gay person. Since he was schooling at the Titchfield High School, in Port Antonio, Portland parish, he eventually graduated. After graduating, he relocated to Kingston, Jamaica where he joined the Excelsior Community College and the University of West Indies. He was later accorded a B.Sc. in Social work. Additionally, he was also issued a Master’s degree in Communications for Social Behavior Change.
As of 1997, Gareth decided to volunteer for the JASL (Jamaica AIDS Support for Life). Afterwards, Gareth went ahead and volunteered to work with a new organization that was known as J-FLAG (Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays). The co-founder and spokesman of J-FLAG was known as Brian Williamson, and he was later murdered 0n 9th June 2004. His death was a cause for alarm since the people working at the organization were in some form of homophobic danger, which is why Gareth Henry saw it fit to flee to Canada while in pursuit of a safe haven.