Gays and lesbians are still living with the stigma of being inferior beings. In modern day America, gay and lesbian people are being accepted more into the society. Their rights are taken seriously by the legal system, and nearly all social groups. The gay and lesbian community has branched out and are accepted for who they are. The rights of gays and lesbians have reached a high level in the United States, but in other areas of the world, they are still seen as outcasts. Gareth Henry is a gay activist from the island of Jamaica. He experienced inhuman ordeals with law enforcement that it forced him to seek asylum in another country.
In the early years of 2004, Gareth Henry was beaten by police officers after he had been cornered by a mob of people. The policemen used their guns to mercilessly beat Henry because he was gay. The officers were called to a pharmacy where the mob had cornered the victim, and instead of coming to his aid, the officers turned on him and beat him. Gareth Henry had become the leader of a gay and lesbian organization called the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and Gays. He took over the leadership position after witnessed the death of his friend, who was the leader at that time.
Gareth Henry had to go into hiding because he was constantly receiving death threats from the police. He finally got out of the country, and found his way to Canada where he was granted asylum. The Jamaican born badminton player filed a partition against the law enforcement officials in Jamaica for all of the harassment, and death threats toward him because he was a gay citizen of Jamaica..
Gareth Henry had a badminton career that earned him several honorable achievements. He was a competitor in the Commonwealth Games of 2014, and the Pan American Games in 2011 and 2015. He also teamed up with his sister who also played badminton professionally. Together, they won the title for mixed doubles six times in the Jamaican National Badminton Championships, from 2008-2016.
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