Who Is Gareth Henry
Gareth Henry is a 35 year old gay rights activist. He is also a social worker and was the head of Jamaica forum for lesbians, all sexualities and gays. He was a part of this organization for four years. He gained his popularity in his hometown when he was attached by policemen before a group of 200 people that were surrounding him inside a Kingston pharmacy. Gareth Henry explained that during his time heading the J-Flag group he lost 13 friends. He became the group’s new leader after the previous leader Brian Williamson died from stab wounds. Gareth Henry said he met violence from police three different times and the most memorable one was on a Valentine’s Day when he and few others were chased into the pharmacy and then beat with guns when the police arrived.
Failure Of Support
Despite his efforts to reach out to politicians and officials, his hate situation fell on deaf ears and the police harassment increased. He would wake up in the morning with an officer outside his home promising to kill him. He used to provide shelter for homeless gay men who had nowhere else to go. Some of them were infected with HIV. The life of Gareth Henry was constantly threatened by police and he has already saw his friends get killed. When one of the kill threats stuck with him, he knew he had to decide whether to stay there and die, or leave and find a safer place to live. He was able to run away and get safety, but he has not forgotten those who are still there being threatened and have no way out. He knows that they wake up each day and wonder if it will be their day to die, because of someone else’s homophobia. He now wants to use a legal system against the Jamaican government. He feels the way this is allowed to carry on is a total violation of human rights. He is asking for help from the international community to support the gay community that is still there.