Gareth Henry is a social justice activist for HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ. He is also helping many refugees to escape their lives of persecution and even death through the Rainbow Railroad organization. Gareth Henry was born and raised in Jamaica but was eventually forced to leave or be killed. He was being persecuted simply because of his attraction to the same-sex, and his life was threatened he decided that he had to escape in order to survive and he now lives in Toronto, Canada where he continues to help LGBTQ that continue to be persecuted on daily basis.
Gareth Henry first felt an attraction to other guys when he was 10 and attending high school. He knew that he had to keep quiet about it and by the time he turned 16 he moved away from his family and could be a more like himself and could branch out as a gay person. It was all too apparent though that being gay was not well received, and he saw many of his friends have to endure persecution and were even killed. He still remembers many of the sad and gruesome things that had happened in homeland of Jamaica, but he is still fighting for them and is helping refugees to escape almost certain death. There are many attacks on gays, and many are even forced to live in the sewers and in cemeteries so that they can stay alive.
He has lost 13 of his friends, and they have all dies too young and in ways that were cruel and inhumane. One of his friends was chased by persecutors into the harbor, and he drowned since he could not swim. Gareth Henry has many horror stories to share about himself, and he was mobbed, beaten and repeatedly threatened simply because of his attraction to other men. Had he stayed he would probably be dead now. But he is not bitter, and he has chosen to turn the situation into a positive one. He is helping others to escape and to have a chance for better life.