|Gareth Henry is a badminton player and Jamaican native who now calls Toronto his home. He served as a co-chair with the Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) and saw many of his friends get killed due to violence towards homosexuals on his island. He has commented that violence against the LGBQT community has been made into a normal everyday occurrence and that this has caused horrific violence to go unnoticed by the mainstream media and the world. He, himself, has been the target of Jamaican law enforcement due to his efforts and has had to endure multiple beatings at their hand.
Gareth Henry hid out for some time and was then found by Jamaican law enforcement who threatened to kill him. He was scared enough that he filed for refugee status and moved to Canada later on. He now serves as an interim director with the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation and also volunteers with the Rainbow Railroad, which is a nonprofit that works to relocate abused LGBQT individuals from all over the globe. He has endured a lot of abuse and has witnessed horrific beatings and other brutality that has been acted out on many other members of the LGBQT community.
As an LGBQT activist, Gareth Henry has been able to help many people through the Rainbow Railroad and has worked with more than 60 refugees to help move them to another country other than the one where they face constant abuse. He is hoping to reverse the current paradigm where the LGBQT community is a target for hate groups and other hateful individuals and points to English laws that punished same-sex relationships in his home country of Jamaica as being the origins of the current way they are treated. Gareth Henry is hoping that more people will begin to challenge society and its beliefs. Today, he lives in Toronto with his fiance, who also fled Jamaica, and other members of his family who were being harrassed by Jamaicans. He is happy to be a part of the Rainbow Railroad and will continue to work to free as many people as possible from the harassment and abuse they live with daily.
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Alex Pall part of the duo in chainsmoker has been doing amazing in the entertainment scene. The band has produced hit songs like ‘Roses’ and ‘Don’t let me down.’ He started off in New York City as a regular Disk Jockey. This was part of his hobby as he puts it and he worked during the day. He went to Giggs to sell his art until one day he got an inspiration.
This was one of those days he had visited an art gallery and discovered that the house music really caught his heart. Alex Pall thought to himself that he could pursue this as a career. His manager who he is currently working with introduced him to his current colleague Andrew Taggart, who together formed the group Chain smoker. He quit his day job and Andrew moved from Maine to New York to work with him.
They knew from the word go that they will be good for each other. They had the same core values and knew what each other brought to the table. Alex Pall was a DJ while Andrew was a producer and social guru. They had to lay bare their ambition and the path to achieving that. What helped the most is the fact that they knew what was going on in the entertainment scene and they knew the pros and Con’s. To them, this was more of a journey than a job. They knew that it was up to them to work hard and set the ground running.
Alex Pall and Andrew worked with songwriters but greatly participated in the songwriting. However, they will be realizing a song that they have written and produced themselves and shifting from the norm Andrew will be singing together with Halsey whom they believe to have a strong voice and character. They have always wanted to work on Halsey who they believe to be one of the best artists.
Chainsmoker will be releasing an album that will be cohesive to their fan base that cuts across the whole world and of different age group. They appreciate the great reactions in social media and love from fans.