Death of drag storytime protest leader Wilson Gavin

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Wilson Gavin

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.

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.”

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