A renowned LGBTQ and Social Justice Activist, Henry Gareth

Gareth Henry is social justice and LGBTQ activist born on the 20th of October 1977. He fled from his home country, Jamaica to Toronto, Canada due to homophobic threats and occasional violence.

He was born to a teenage mother in a small town located on the northern coast of his native country. His father was regularly absent and was therefore forced to live with his grandmother in a single family.

At a tender age of 10, Henry Gareth joined high school. It became apparent that he had an attraction to other boys. Due to this reason, he was often abused and harassed. Consequently, he remained aloof during his high school education.

He came out as a gay person at the age of 16 and moved away from his family. Gareth Henry completed his high school education from Titchfield High School and later relocated to the Jamaican capital, Kingston.

He attended Excelsior Community College and after that The West Indies University where he attained a bachelor’s in Social Work. On completion of his undergraduate degree, he obtained a master’s in Communications for Social and Behaviour Change.

He started to serve as a volunteer for Jamaica AIDS Support for life in the year 1997. He committed himself to the organization in fighting for the human rights of people in the community, and he further got an opportunity to serve with other gay people.

Gareth Henry later joined J-FLAG, an organization that provided a platform for both gays and lesbians to express themselves. After entering the organization in the year 1998, he started receiving death threats and was occasionally attacked.

After constant harassment from the authorities, Gareth Henry decided to leave Jamaica for Canada in 2008. He was accorded the status of a refugee with the help of various organizations including Amnesty International and the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

He later volunteered in some organizations in the country such as the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and Rainbow Railroad, an international LGBTQ group headquartered in Canada.

Henry Gareth currently stays with his partner, Patrick Suragdeen in Toronto. He is interested in traveling and spending his time with friends.

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