Gareth Henry is a Jamaican activist who sought refuge in Canada. He was forced to leave his home in Jamaica because the persecution got so bad. He has lost 13 of his friends to persecution that had gone much too far, and he didn’t want to be next. One of his friends was forced to drown simply because he was gay. He was only 22 years of age. No one went to help him, but instead, they watched him drown.
Gareth Henry was an activist in Jamaica and was a part of J-FLAG, a pro-gay, all-sexuals, and lesbians organization. He was marked for his work there, and he was mobbed and threatened. The police did nothing to help and even added to the problems that he faced. He left Jamaica to seek refugee status in Toronto, and he continues to help others to get away from their dangerous situations. He feels that Canada is much more accepting of gays and lesbians and feels more at home there than in his own native country.
Gareth Henry can tell you bone-chilling stories about people who have had their intestines ripped out and people who have had acid thrown on them and still others who have had to live in the sewers and in cemeteries to stay alive. This all seems very surreal, and it is amazing that this is even happening in our day and age but it is real, and it does happen, sadly.
Gareth Henry has tried to complain to the authorities, but no one seems to hear or care, and much of the harassment was actually caused by the authorities in the first place.
Henry feared for his life, and he did not want to be the next corpse in the ground. His mother, nieces, and sister also faced danger and eventually relocated to Toronto as well.
He volunteers his time with Rainbow Railroad, and they are an organization that helps refugees to get away from their situations that are less than ideal. Gareth Henry just wants to live in peace and to help others to have the same.
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