Man dies after leading Brisbane library protest against Drag Queen story time

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

Shock waves at the death of Wilson Gavin, a 21-year-old-student and Young Liberal who led a protest against a drag queen reading for children at the Brisbane City Library, have dominated social media in the past few days.

Even worse is the fact that the UQ Liberal National Club has been told in the past by the LNP that they had been disendorsed by the party and told to "desist from using the party's name and colours".

Drew Pavlou described him as a "very decent and kind person that cared for others".

"I had the great privilege of seeing that side of him in life".

"He was hilarious and a riot to be around, his fame will always remain legendary", he wrote.

"He had his struggles and made mistakes, and it is a tragedy for us all that he ultimately succumbed to his suffering and pain".

Gavin died on Sunday morning.

The protest group were filmed disrupting a scheduled event with chants.

Gavin, who was gay but actively campaigned against same-sex marriage, spearheaded a protest at a children's storytelling event at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday, the Brisbane Times reports.

Police were eventually called, with organizers telling them that the "protestors" were scaring the children present.

Mobile phone footage of their protest showed the demonstrators chanting loudly while drag queen Diamond Good-Rim tries to get them to stop.

The LNP has sought to distance itself from the group, with a spokesman saying: "Late past year, the LNP state executive resolved to disaffiliate the UQ LNP club and asked the club to desist from using the party's name and colours".

Queensland's Liberal National Party were quick to distance themselves from the group.

Liberal National LNP MP Trevor Evans was one of many to criticise the group for their actions.

Johnny Valkyrie, whose drag persona is Queeny, wrote in a statement that some of the children were crying during the protest.

"I expect effect, I expect an apology and I expect changed behaviour. I have to reflect on the events, heal and extend my love to the community".

But I wish he was still here so he could have found us all.

"To those of you who follow me, if you require support please reach out to community services and hotlines which are freely available to the community".

"We are deeply saddened by this news and extend our sympathies to his family", the organisation said on Facebook.

A UQ spokesperson said the past two days had been very distressing for some staff and students.

"Mutual respect and diversity are core values of the university, and we hope that everyone shows consideration for those affected during the hard days ahead", a spokeswoman said.

If you are in Australia, you can contact Lifeline at 13 11 14.

If you are anxious about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider.

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