BREAKING NEWS: Young Liberal at the centre of ‘drag queens are not for kids’ viral video is found dead in a suspected suicide
- Wilson Gavin led the ‘drag queens are not for kids’ protest in Brisbane on Sunday
- Tragically, he is believed to have taken his own life on Monday morning
- Mr Gavin was found dead at Chelmer in the city’s south
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A young conservative student who led the controversial ‘drag queens are not for kids’ protest has died in a suspected suicide.
Wilson Gavin, the president of the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club, was found dead in Brisbane’s south on Monday, sources said.
Queensland police and ambulance services were called to a scene at Chelmer, in the city’s south, about 7am.
Protesters stormed a drag queen story-time event for children at a library in Brisbane’s CBD (left and right)
A police spokesman said the death followed an emergency at a train station, A state ambulance spokeswoman said a patient was found with critical injuries about 7.07am.
Mr Gavin was one of about 15 to 20 students who protested at the Drag Storytime event held at the Brisbane Square Library on Sunday afternoon.
Mobile phone footage of their protest showed the demonstrators chanting loudly while drag queen Diamond Good-Rim tries to get them to stop.
The video went viral, sparking an outburst from The Veronicas star Jessica Origliasso, who is engaged to transgender bartender Kai Carlton. Mr Gavin featured prominently in the clip.
In a Facebook tribute, a friend said: ‘Away from the social media storms and headlines, he was at his core a very kind person that cared for others. I had the great privilege of seeing that side of him in life.’
The Veronicas’ star Jessica Origliasso, who is engaged to transgender bartender Kai Carlton, (pictured together) said she was furious at the protest and called the group bigoted
Back in 2017, Mr Gavin, a gay man, made headlines for publicly opposing same sex marriage. He fronted a ‘You Can Say No’ rally, saying: ‘I support what marriage really is and I’m gay.’
He also made media appearances as a spokesman for the Australian Monarchist League.
The University of Queensland Liberal National Club, the University of Queensland and state Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington were contacted for comment.
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