Young LNP Club President Dies After Viral Drag Queen Protest
A young man who was filmed protesting the appearance of drag queens at a children’s library event on Sunday has died.
A senior member of the Queensland Liberal National Party confirmed one of the young protesters had died on Monday.
The University of Queensland's Liberal National Club President Wilson Gavin was found dead in Brisbane's south on Monday morning.
10 News Queensland understands there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
Gavin's friend 'Drew' wrote in a tribute that he was "a very decent and kind person that cared for others".
"I had the great privilege of seeing that side of him in life. He was hilarious and a riot to be around, his fame will always remain legendary," Drew wrote.
"He had his struggles and made mistakes, and it is a tragedy for us all that he ultimately succumbed to his suffering and pain."
Gavin died the morning after a widely criticised protest at a Brisbane library on Sunday.
The protest involved some members of the UQ Liberal-National Club, including Gavin.
The protest group were filmed disrupting a scheduled event with chants. The event offered arts, crafts, and storytime for young children with two drag queens.
Footage of the protesters chanting 'drag queens are not for kids' went viral after it was shared online.
Following the altercation, the group was ushered out of the building and moved along by security.
The UQ Liberal National Club said after the protest that they were taking a stand to "defend LNP values against corrosive gender ideology."
Queensland's Liberal National Party were quick to distance themselves from the group.
Brisbane MP Trevor Evans said they were not members of the LNP after the party resolved to disaffiliate them last year.
Evans, Queensland's first openly gay MP, said the drag storytime events were a celebration of Brisbane's diverse community.
Johnny Valkyrie, whose drag persona is Queeny, wrote in a statement that some of the children were crying during the protest.
"My decision to facilitate Drag Queen Storytime with Rainbow Families Queensland & Brisbane City Council libraries is to provide safe, affirming family entertainment for rainbow families and allies."
"I expect consequence, I expect an apology and I expect changed behaviour. I expect safety, respect, and inclusivity in my community. I wish you personal growth."
He also thanked people for their support saying it was "keeping me afloat".
Following reports of Wilson Gavin's death, Valkyrie wrote that his "heart goes out to the family and friends of the affected".
"If the family are reading this please know that I support you, and I am here to gather support and I know you are good people."
UQ has referred students and staff to its support services (1300 851 998 for students).
"The university understands that the events of the past two days are very distressing for many people," A UQ statement read.
"Mutual respect and diversity are core values of the university, and we hope that everyone shows consideration for those affected during the difficult days ahead."
Queensland Police told 10 daily it was looking into the matter and officers were undertaking inquiries.
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