Gareth Henry, a Jamaican Badminton player, recently made a statement after some of his friends were killed. Alongside his career in Badminton, he is now an ex-gay and lesbian activist who is believed to have received death threats. Those threats promoted him to attempt to find a hiding spot in Canada, and perhaps a place to live without publicity. Why did he make the international headlines?
It was four years ago that Gareth Henry was beaten by police officers in front of about 200 people. The mob had Henry cornered inside a pharmacy in Kingston. It was in 2008, a year after this incident that Henry fled to Canada seeking shelter and potentially asylum. At 35 years of age, he is one of two activists that is now seeking legal challenge against his home country. Despite the outcry about death threats, Gareth Henry feels that they should be protected. Heading up the group known as J-Flag, he watched some of his friends get killed as a result of these mobs.
Sadly, Henry was called upon to identify the bodies of those friends. Gareth Henry took over the role as the leader of J-Flag when Brian Williamson, the previous leader was stabbed to death during an attack by a homophobic mob in 2004. It’s a difficult time during which many countries have made gay marriage legal, and yet he is standing for his own beliefs and rights. The worst event he describes, took place on Valentine’s Day in 2007. Since that time, he has had a watchful eye, and hoping to bring positive change to Jamaica.
Gareth Henry has been an outspoken voice for those who like him, are seeking to only live their lives with freedom to be with who they choose to be with. At one time, he was taking in others who were neglected by family due to their choice to be gay. Today, Henry is still hoping to stand for choice, and to be given freedom to love who he chooses.
The Chainsmokers musical style is a mix of pop music, indie, hip-hop, and dance music. Some of their main musical influences are deadmau5, Taylor Swift, Blink-182, Pharrell Williams, and Explosions in the Sky among others. The two members of this group are Andrew “Drew” Taggart and Alex Pall. Alex is from Westchester County, New York, while Taggart is from Freeport, Maine. They first came together as The Chainsmokers in 2012 and they are managed by Adam Alpert.
Their latest single, “Sick Boy”, is the beginning of a new chapter for this band. It’s a much darker song than ones they have released in the past. The Chainsmokers say that this song is the start of a new phase in their professional careers as they move beyond what they have released in the past. Drew Taggart commented in an interview that they hadn’t released a song in months which was unusual for them as they had been releasing songs on a monthly basis for quite awhile.
“Sick Boy” grew out of The Chainsmokers frustration that occurs being a famous person. People in this position tend to become a caricature of themselves. People also believe the things that are written in articles by people that don’t actually know anything about what they are talking about. Drew Taggart added that you eventually become someone you actually aren’t which is very challenging. They decided to make a song about this which ended up making the song dark. the song is also about social media and how people form opinions about other people on it about others which is something everybody is subject to.
The Chainsmokers record label is Disruptor Records. This label is a partnership between their manager, Adam Alpert, and Sony Music Entertainment. They had released a number of singles, such as “#Selfie” and “Let You Go”. Their first album was Bouquet and this was soon followed up by Collage. Their last album, released on April 7, 2017, was Memories…Do Not Open. This album was number one on the Billboard 200 when it released and in August 2017 it achieved certified platinum status.