Searching For Truth With Gareth Henry
When he is not absolutely dominating opponents on the badminton court, Olympic star Gareth Henry is advocating for the rights of LGBTQ people everywhere, but most specifically in his home country of Jamaica. Henry knows all too well the fear that they suffer from as he actually fled Jamaica to the welcoming arms of Canda as a refugee, where he was harbored under political asylum laws.
Unfortunately, Jamaica is a country that still does not recognize the rights of LGBTQ people but Gareth Henry is working tirelessly to overturn existing laws and come up with laws that are more progressive in nature.
Gareth Henry came up with this idea due to the fact that he has personally witnessed the fatal beatings of his friends at the hands of people irate at the simple fact they were gay. He states that 13 of his friends were the victims of such attacks. He has helped people still living in Jamaica who has survived such attacks to report them to the appropriate authorities. While it has not always helped, it at least gives the victims a sense of empowerment.
Gareth Henry actually has a long and storied history with the Jamaican police as he was the victim of a near-fatal beating in a pharmacy by an angry mob that he claims was stoked in part by police who were irritated with him for advocating about gay rights. It was this violent encounter that actually convinced him to leave Jamaica for the more progressive social attitudes of Canada before it was too late.
Mr. Henry is obviously a beacon of light and truth in the lives of so many in the LGBTQ community and many of them consider him a bit of a savior, advocating for them in the stereotypical “macho” world od sports.
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