Gareth Henry’s spirited fight for gay rights and winning in sports

October 5th, 2018 by admin

Standing at a slightly intimidating height of 1.82 meters and weighing 77Kg, Gareth Henry may pass as an athlete. But that is far from it. He is a Badminton player who has won several titles in both Commonwealth and Pan American games.

Born in Jamaica’s North Coast, Gareth Henry did spend most of his time with his grandmother and aunt. His father was not present in his life, and his mother was only a teenager when she got him. Henry would later become a professional badminton player. He was part of the Jamaica badminton national team which won the bronze medal. This was at the 2018 Pan American Men’s team championships.

Another major feat for him was when he partnered with his fellow badminton player Samuel O’Brien Ricketts to win the men’s doubles gold medal. This was at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean games. Badminton is a game that runs in the family blood, it seems. This is evident when he made the team with his sister Geordine Henry. They went ahead to win the Jamaican National Badminton Championships Mixed Doubles for a record six times. Also, he is the winner of the BWF International Challenge/series in the category of men’s singles in 2014 and 2015.

Gareth Henry is currently living as a refugee in Toronto, Canada. This is after he ran away from his home Country Jamaica following persecutions of LGBTQ communities. He is the leader of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexual and Gays (J-FLAG). Before fleeing to Canada, he did spend a better part of his time fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community who were targeted for persecutions by the law enforcement officers.

When Gareth Henry was a teenager, he realized he had a liking for men. He would later become openly involved with the J-FLAG. Being a victim of harassment and beatings, he vowed to dedicate his time to save other J-FLAG members from discrimination, hatred and persecution. He is a champion in sports and in fighting for human rights.

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