Wilson Gavin, leader of yesterday’s drag storytime protest at Brisbane Square Library died by suicide this morning.
Whatever his past actions, our entire LGBTIQ communities no doubt offer condolences to his family and also his friends.
His aunt described him as a very tormented soul. She said despite his ‘despicable behaviour’ at the library, she loved him.
If only we all had such wonderful relatives in our life. Our hearts go out to Polly Wilson.
I stand by everything I said on Twitter in regard to my late nephews, Wilson Gavin’s behaviour at the library – it was despicable behaviour however, there is a reason for everyone’s behaviour & he was a very tormented soul & I loved him https://t.co/MUifMWqPSq
— Polly Wilson (@PollyWi92611992) January 13, 2020
Be careful with this one
I’ve just read that Wilson Gavin has committed suicide
What we may think of what his actions were Condolence should be sent to his family if it’s correct
— paul gilbert (@instantturf) January 13, 2020
I have deleted my last tweet as I’ve just been informed Wilson Gavin took his own life.
Clearly a tormented young man who never had the support he needed.
— Carrick Ryan (@realCarrickRyan) January 13, 2020
Words fail me. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Wilson had controversial views but was human nonetheless. A reminder to check in on your family, friends, colleagues – tell them you love them. https://t.co/mssmhiQara
— Paul Taylor (@paulytaylor_d) January 13, 2020
Rainbow Families Qld
Holly Zwalf from Rainbow Families Qld which organised the Drag Storytime at Brisbane Square Library said the death deeply saddened all members of the organisation.
“LGBTQ people are at high risk of suicide. This is why we strongly advocate for the Safe Schools program, drag storytime and other LGBTQ events, so that members of our communities grow up strong and proud of who they are.”
If you need someone to talk to, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.