Garth Henry – Champion of Badminton and LGBT Rights

Gareth Henry, born and raised in Jamaica, has been playing badminton for what seems like his whole life. Gareth Henry became a Jamaican badminton leader starting at a young age in 2006 when he won the Men’s Single Junior Champions three consecutive years. In 2008 he appears at the Men’s Singles Badminton Champions to win. His sister soon becomes his partner in Mixed Doubles and together they are runner-ups at the Carebaco International Tournament. Gareth dominates the Men’s Single championship circle in Jamaica from 2012 -2015. During this time, 2014 and 2015, he is the winner of the Men’s Singles at the Carebaco International Tournament. He is ranked 294 in the World in Men’s Singles and 130 in Men’s Doubles with his sights set on the Olympics.

All these wins and accomplishments and a hectic schedule makes one wonder how Gareth Henry finds time to be a well respected activist for the LGBT group, especially those being forced to leave their countries. This is a cause very dear to Gareth’s heart. Being forced to leave Jamaica after many beatings due to his sexual orientation, Gareth has become a voice for those unable to leave their countries and that are being prosecuted by their countries for their sexual orientation. He has a deep understanding of what this is like after being forced to seek refuge in Canada due to his orientation. Gareth is currently the Interim Director at the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation in Canada and at the Rainbow Railroad in Canada which helps LGBT refugees get from a place of danger to a place of safety.

Gareth Henry is still on track to pursue his Olympic dreams. He continues to compete in Tournaments to earn enough International Points to qualify for the Olympics. He has taken his determination in badminton and his skillset learned of hard work and perseverance and used those skills to help others in world.