Jason Jones is an LGBT+ human rights defender originally from Trinidad & Tobago and has lived and worked in Britain for over 30 years. He refers to himself as being “Tringlish” and as a person of colour.
His activism in LGBT+ human rights spans 3 decades beginning as a student newly arrived to London, marching in the anti-Section 28 marches of 1988. He then returned to Trinidad in 1992, and was the cofounder of the first LGBT+ advocacy organisations there, “The Lambda Group” & also founded “I Am One” in 2012.
In 1996, after being homophobically abused by his family for performing drag publicly, he returned to London and was on the board of the Stonewall Immigration Group ( Now known as the United Kingdom Lesbian & Gay immigration Group) which won the right of abode in the UK for the overseas partner of an LGBT UK citizen. He and his then partner from Trinidad were one of 40 test cases at the Home Office which brought about this landmark win for British LGBT+ people, which was the first pro-LGBT+ legislation in the UK post decriminalisation in 1967. He has therefore assisted changing the laws of TWO Countries for LGBT+ people, the only activist ever to do so.
On April 12 2018, he won a landmark legal challenge at the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago which decriminalised adult consensual same sex intimacy. This win guarantees freedom for nearly 100,000 Caribbean LGBT+ people and was also cited in the recent decriminalisation victory in India.
His historic case will be heard at the Privy Council in London to answer an appeal of his victory from the Attorney General of T&T.
This will be the first time in history that the Privy Council will hear an LGBT+ decriminalisation case and his victory there will assist decriminalisation of over 50 Million people in at least 10 other countries across 2 Continents.