Gareth Andre Theodore Henry is a Jamaican badminton player and advocate for gay rights. He was born on October 20, 1977, in a small town of St. Mary’s, which locates on the northern coast of Jamaica. To make things much harder for Gareth Henry as a child, he grew up without a father and had a mother who was apparently in her teenage years. Because of the fact that Gareth Henry was gay, he had to deal with being bullied by his peers during high school because of his sexual orientation, which also explains him being somewhat of a loner as well when growing with these issues.
As he grew older however, Gareth Henry became well-known for his accolades in badminton he worked hard for. He’s been awarded numerous times for his competition such as when he joined the national team for the 2018 Pan Am Men’s Team Championships. He went on to win many more badminton titles in both men’s and mixed gender competitions, including one with his sister, Geordine Henry, who is also a professional badminton player, as went on to win the mixed doubles title at the Jamaican National Badminton Championships six times from 2008 to 2016.
On top of being a successful athlete in badminton, Gareth Henry also spends his time advocating LGBT rights, which according to his biography, felt forced to move to Toronto, Canada after experiencing harsh homophobic treatment by radicals in his homeland of Jamaica. With his promotion of social justice, He went on to help gay refugees escape persecution from countries that aren’t tolerant of their orientation, while trying to give them a better life in a process. It’s actions like this is why Henry is considered not only a tremendous badminton player, but a respected person in social rights movement.