GARETH HENRY BADMINTON STAR AND GAY RIGHTS ACTIVIST

Gareth Henry was born in Mandeville, Jamaica in 1991. He is a famous Badminton player having taken part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2011 and also 2015 Pan American Games. Moreover, he took part in the 2018 Pan American Men’s Team Championship in which they won bronze.

He further partnered with another player Samuel O’ Brien Rickets in which they won the men’s doubles gold during the 2018 Caribbean and American games.

Gareth Henry’s sister, Georgina Henry is also a known professional Badminton player, they teamed up for some time, and they earned the mixed doubles title six times during the Jamaican National Badminton Championships.

Henry is currently ranked as the highest local player. Having dominated Gareth Henry’s opponents in the mixed doubles as well as men’s singles and men’s doubles he has since gained himself that title.

Jamaica is a country blessed with many musicians whose mostly preach love and peace; everybody expects that it is probably the best place to be. The country is enriched with powerful cultures most of them connected to the white people.

Gareth Henry held different opinions concerning gay rights over time. He had defended the gay rights since 2000 when he became an activist; the Jamaican culture does condemn the acts, and such actions are not condoned there.

Becoming an activist amidst people with such cultures brought him a lot of trouble. In 2007, Gareth Henry was all over in the international headlines after he was brutally beaten by policemen who joined the mob after they found the crowd beating the Badminton star. That was not the only time that he saw himself in the hands of the police officers and all that hit the headlines like before.

He thought that his efforts would help the gay to be treated as equals. However, this was never the case. In the process, he faced hate and death threats from the public who were against him and his activities. Other activists such as Brian Williamson were brutally killed, and this threatened Gareth Henry even more.

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