After leading a viral protest against drag queens, a gay college student took his own life

With his thumbs in his pockets, Wilson Gavin stood at the front of the crowd, leading a videotaped chant that would quickly go viral: “Drag queens are not for kids.“

As the president of a conservative group at his Australian university, the 21-year-old had steered protesters into a public library in Brisbane, where they barged into a room full of families attending “Drag Queen Story Time.” Inside, the group faced off with a sequined, costumed performer who had been reading from a children’s book.

Kids in the audience asked what was happening. Parents called the police, and a handful filmed the confrontation. As their videos spread across social media, politicians chimed in — most of them condemning the protest as a hateful act.

The next day, Gavin, who was openly gay, took his own life.

That rapid succession of events has turned a young man’s death into an emotional and political controversy in Australia’s third-largest city and across the country: Some have pointed to an overwhelming “social media mob” that came after Gavin. Others have talked about disproportionately high rates of suicide among LGBTQ youth, or a culture they say lacks acceptance.

Others still have insisted that it is inappropriate to make any kind of political statements at all.

“To me, this incident transcends politics. It is about humanity, and about recognizing that everybody has it,” Johnny Valkyrie, one of the drag queens at the library event, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I only wish I could tell him I love and support him.”

In recent years, Gavin had emerged as a young voice for conservatism in Australian politics. Despite his sexual orientation, he opposed same-sex marriage and actively campaigned against the issue in 2017, when it went up for a national referendum.

In 2018, he defended the role of the British monarchy on “Outsiders,” a political talk show whose hosts have described themselves as “Trump’s Aussie mates.“

“I’m a lover of all things traditional. I’m a lover of all things beautiful,” he said on the show. “And there’s nothing more traditional in this country than the monarchy.”

Satyajeet Marrar, a fellow member of the Australian Monarchist League, said Gavin was an “outspoken young man with a good heart.”

“Despite holding opinions that some people disagree with strongly, he would defend them with conviction,” Marrar wrote on Facebook. “Brave and admirable traits while most of us in this generation spend years obsessing over what others think of us.”

At the University of Queensland, Gavin became president of the school’s Liberal National Club, which branded itself as the local chapter of Australia’s right-wing political party. Although the national organization disaffiliated itself from the university club in December, members maintained ties with at least one member of Parliament and sought out opportunities for political action.

On Sunday, their venue was the local public library, and their target was a drag queen reading a children’s book. Much like in the United States, the queens’ family-friendly recitations — meant to foster free expression and tolerance toward LGBTQ people — have emerged as a cultural point of tension.

In Brisbane, however, the city council had voted to sponsor a drag queen story time. So Gavin and the UQ Liberal National Club organized a protest to “defend LNP values against a corrosive gender ideology,” the club wrote on its Facebook page, according to ABC Australia.

“This event is designed to indoctrinate and sexualise young children. Our kids deserve better than this! Why is this moral filth being paid for by the taxpayer?” the post stated. (As of early Tuesday, the group’s page appeared to have been deleted, and the club did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.)

One mother at the event, Jenny Griffin, said one of her children, who are 6 and 8, started to cry out of fear and confusion in response to the “harassing and kind of threatening” protesters, she told ABC.

Many elected officials and commentators seemed to agree with her. As videos of the confrontation spread across social media, politicians on the left and right criticized the fiery protest, calling the students “bigots,” “homophobes” and “bullies.” Trevor Evans, an openly gay lawmaker from Brisbane, condemned them as “ratbags.”

Online, Gavin defended himself and the action, saying it was part of the LNP’s fight against “politically correct rubbish.” But even LNP politicians distanced themselves from the demonstration.

On Monday, less than a day later, police told Australian media that Gavin had taken his own life.

Various corners of Australian society, which had already fiercely debated the protest, interpreted his death as radically different kinds of tragedies.

George Christensen, a conservative member of Parliament, used it as an opportunity to attack “broken” social media networks and announce he would be deleting his Twitter account. He said “Twitter keyboard warriors [had piled] on an individual for a political protest.“

Mark Robinson, another right-wing politician and the sponsor of the UQ club, said Gavin was “treated terribly for “taking a principled stand to protect children from inappropriate sexualisation.”

For other Australians, however, Gavin’s death was instead a sign of the mental health issues affecting LGBTQ youth — and the homophobia some of them said was instilled and spread by those on the Australian right.

Drew Pavlou, a friend of Gavin’s at UQ, remembered him as a “very decent and kind person” who may have also been coping with such issues.

“He had his struggles and made mistakes, and it is a tragedy for us all that he ultimately succumbed to his suffering and pain,” Pavlou wrote on Twitter. “Today is a reminder of all we must do to affirm to young marginalized Australians the intrinsic worth and value of their lives.”

Valkyrie, the 23-year-old drag queen, told The Post that while Gavin’s death should transcend politics, the influence of certain political views — namely, those like Christensen’s — had left a noticeable mark on the situation. The drag queen and activist said he himself had attempted suicide 13 times during his adolescence while coming out and coming to terms with his identity: He is both transgender and gay, he said.

“Wilson may have contributed to the incident, which harmed myself and others, but I forgive him,” Valkyrie said, tearing up on the phone, “and I understand that he was troubled. … I only wish I could tell him I love and support him.”

On social media, he offered him up a message anyway.

“What you did on Sunday was unacceptable,” Valkyrie wrote. “Who you were was not.“

Wilson Gavin, Gay Protester at Drag Queen Story Hour, Dies by Suicide

The young gay conservative’s death came just hours after video of him at the protest went viral.

A young gay conservative in Australia has died by suicide, just hours after a video of him protesting a drag queen story hour was widely circulated online.

Wilson Gavin, 21, died Monday morning in Brisbane, BuzzFeed News reports. He and other students from the University of Queensland’s Liberal National Club had disrupted the drag event at Brisbane Square Library Sunday, yelling “Drag queens are not for kids.”

Even though he was gay, Gavin was “vehemently committed to conservative causes such as the monarchy and opposition to same-sex marriage,” reports. He was active in 2017 the campaign against marriage equality; Australia’s Parliament ended up legalizing same-sex marriage late that year after the public showed support for it in a nonbinding referendum.

“I’m not a homophobe,” Gavin told Sky News in 2017. “I love gay men. You can’t call me a homophobe just because I’m opposed to same-sex marriage.”

After video of the drag queen protest went viral, Gavin and his group received much criticism on social media. The club was once affiliated with the Liberal National Party of Queensland, which despite its name is a center-right party, but party officials last month decided to revoke their endorsement of the student group.

The club had posted on its Facebook page, now taken down, that the drag event was “designed to indoctrinate and sexualise young children.” Drag queen story hours in the U.S. and elsewhere have been subjected to this inaccurate critique. The story hour in Brisbane was approved by the City Council and conducted in partnership with Rainbow Families Queensland.

The Australian, a conservative paper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., appeared to blame Gavin’s death on the negative remarks about the protest. Its story carried the headline “Drag Queen Protester Wilson Gavin’s Suicide Exposes Horrors of Online Abuse.”

Liberal National activist Luke Barnes, who is gay, condemned the protest as “intolerance in the name of so-called conservative values,” the paper reports. He also said Gavin’s death indicated that “people need to be careful about throwing the word ‘homophobic’ or other insults around so quickly.”

Queer progressive leader Sally Rugg, meanwhile, tweeted a message of compassion for all.

Wilson Gavin, Gay Protester at Drag Queen Story Hour, Dies by Suicide

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