Gareth Henry is a renowned figure both in his home country of Jamaica and in the international circles. The vocal activist has always been at the forefront in the fight for gay rights. Although he comes from a relatively conservative society in Jamaica, the activist has embarked on a spirited battle meant to ensure that gays are not only recognized but are also given the treatment they deserve. He has been on the headlines where comes out as a fierce defender of the gay rights. He once hit the headlines in the local and international media when he endured a sustained beating from the Jamaican security personnel.
It was such a horrible and inhuman act which was being orchestrated by the very government which should protect the rights of its citizens. Gareth Henry had been corned by the police at a pharmacy and was subsequently beaten in front of hundreds of people. Following that act, Gareth Henry sensed that his life was in danger. To escape from being assassinated by his enemies and the authorities, the activist fled to Canada. He claimed that he had received many death threats. As such, it was risky for him to continue living in Jamaica. He fled to Canada in the year 2008 and was given asylum by the Canadian government. He confessed that throughout the period was engaged in gay activism in his home country, more than ten of his close friends had been murdered. He blamed the Jamaican government for the atrocities. He said that he took the helm of the Jamaican gay movement after the then leader was stabbed to death.
Gareth Henry together with his colleagues has suffered violence at the hands of the police in an uncountable number of times. According to him, such violence was unjustified, and he filed several complaints to the relevant authorities. However, there were no efforts by the government to stop such inhuman acts. In fact, the harassment increased. Gareth Henry alleged that space for gays is not safe in Jamaica. The group lives in fear of attack from the government and other members of the public who are opposed to homosexuality.
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