A Brisbane Drag Storytime protester was “used” and then abandoned by conservative groups, including the LNP, according to his parents.
21 year-old Wilson Gavin disrupted the family-friendly event happening at a Brisbane City Council public library.
Rainbow Families organised the Drag Storytime event, and involves drag queens reading story books to children and parents.
Video footage of the controversial protest went viral on social media following the protest.
Mr Gavin killed himself the next morning.
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Parents ‘love and support’ LGBTIQ community
Michael and Bridget Gavin and Wilson’s two sisters paid tribute to their son and brother in a heartfelt statement:
“To everyone who knew our son and brother and shared their stories of who Wilson Gavin really was – we thank you.
“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.”
Wilson Gavin “used” and then abandoned by conservative groups
The Gavin family also expressed anger at conservative groups, including the LNP, for using and then abandoning their son and brother.
Wilson was president of the University of Queensland’s LNP Liberal National Club and fronted protests and online videos campaigning against same-sex marriage and gay rights.
“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.”
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Discrimination Claims said the protest is vilification, but drag queens might not qualify under the law.
“The chant implied that gays and drag queens are somehow sexual predators – and if that doesn’t incite hatred, what does?” he said.
Queensland law defines vilification as:
“Inciting hatred towards, or serious contempt for, or severe ridicule of a person, or group of people, based on:
- gender identity
“I’m not sure drag queens meet the test for vilification for either sexuality or gender identity, because drag queens are really about entertainment, ” Mr Heffernan said.
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