A young man who took his own life after video of him protesting against drag queens went viral has been remembered as a "devoted and loving son and brother".
Wilson Gavin was part of a group of young men and women from the University of Queensland's Liberal National Club who stormed Drag Queen Story Time at Brisbane Library on Friday, chanting: "Drag queens are not for kids".
The public family event is run by Brisbane City Council in partnership with Rainbow Families Queensland, with entertainers leading singing, dancing, reading and craft classes for children and their families.
Video of the protest was shared extensively on social media before Mr Gavin took his life on Monday morning.
His family today released a statement, explaining what they loved about "Wil".
To everyone who knew our son and brother and shared their stories of who Wilson Gavin really was – we thank you.
To those who have described Wilson as "a deeply troubled young man", including so-called family members – with all due respect – you never knew him.
To anyone who is or was angry with Wilson – we know he regularly got the "how" wrong and occasionally got the "what" wrong. This made us angry with him too.
To the LGBTIQA+ communities and Rainbow Families Queensland – we love and support you.
To young, politically motivated people of all persuasions – we implore you to seek kind and wise mentors who will guide you, and not use you or wash their hands of you when you no longer serve their purposes.
To those who are now regretting words said or typed in anger that may have contributed to another person's suffering – we know and share your pain all too well.
To the police and emergency services personnel who have treated us with such dignity and compassion, and work with this type of trauma far too often – you have our deepest respect and gratitude.
We loved Wil for his compassion and sense of justice – just some of the many things he got right.
We respected the unwavering strength of his convictions and desire to make the world better.
And we admired Wil's drive to contribute, so often in ways not many knew about – like serving at a soup kitchen every Saturday or the year he spent teaching kids in Mongolia. He would regularly give the last note in his wallet to a homeless person on the street.
Wil worked tirelessly for causes without personal gain, gratitude, or in some cases, loyalty.
We remember him as a devoted and loving son and brother. We will love him, always and will be forever grateful he was part of our family.
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/wilson-gavin-family-pay-tribute-to-loving-son/d6d88ad0-a94f-4506-a459-9229fa4f7e10