A gay community activist for the past 10 years, Henry said that in his home country, people must often flee for their lives because of their sexual orientation. In fact, he noted that 13 of his friends had been murdered in Jamaica between 2003 and 2007, simply because they were gay. He also reported that no one has ever been arrested for these murders, since there is scant regard for the lives of gays and lesbians in Jamaica.
"It's not easy to accept that you're not accepted because you're different," he said. "But, I believe strongly in what I'm doing."
Henry moved to Toronto in early 2008, following years of ongoing death threats and attacks. "Here [in Canada] we have a lot of freedoms, but there is a lot more to be done. I've experienced homophobia here too," he reported.
He pointed out that laws can't necessarily change attitudes, so it's important to make the laws meaningful. "Don't be complacent," he warned. "Things can change again."
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