Gareth Henry is a Jamaican male badminton player and a gay rights activist. He was born on 0ctober 20th, 1977 in St Mary’s town, Jamaica. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Gareth Henry’s mother was in her teens at the time he was born, and his father has been absent for the significant part of his life. Gareth Henry spent most of his time with his grandmother and aunt when he was young.
During his teens, he became aware that he was attracted to other guys, but because of fear of harassment, he was not able to come out to anyone. It was not until after he moved away from home shortly before his 16th birthday that he was able to come out to the public as gay.
Apart from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games, Gareth Henry was also part of the national team that won the men’s team bronze at the 2018 Pan Am Men’s Team Championships.
Henry’s partnership with Samuel O’Brien Ricketts clinched him the men’s double gold at 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. Gareth Henry teamed up six times with his sister, Geordine Henry-a professional badminton player from 2008 to 2016 to win the mixed doubles title at the Jamaican National Badminton Championships.
Gareth Henry previously co-chaired Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG). He helps others flee persecution. When he worked at the J-FLAG, he frequently helped gay people report hate crimes against them to the police.
In 2007, Henry suffered an attack from a group of policemen that beat him in a pharmacy in front of a jeering crowd. He suffered a series of homophobic violence and threats on his life in his native Jamaica that made him file for refugee status and flee to Canada in 2008.
Gareth currently works as the Interim Director at the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation in Canada and at Rainbow Railroad in Canada to move LGBTQ people around the world from place to place if they are persecuted in their current residence.