Brisbane student who protested against drag queens at children's event found dead

A young man who was filmed protesting against drag queens at a children's event in Brisbane has been found dead.

Wilson Gavin, 21, was the president of the University of Queensland Liberal National Club (UQLNC), which stormed a Drag Storytime event at Brisbane Square Library on Sunday.

Gavin was found dead in the Brisbane suburb of Chelmer on Monday morning.

Queensland Police confirmed to local media that they attended a situation involving a 21-year-old male at 7am.

Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed to that they arrived at the scene with multiple crews, including a critical care paramedic.

Queensland Liberal National Party MP, Dr Mark Robinson, has paid tribute to Gavin on Twitter, saying he is "deeply saddened" by his death.

"As current State patron of the UQ LN Club, I'm deeply saddened to hear of the death of Wilson Gavin. Wilson and his friends took a principled stand to protect children from inappropriate sexualisation and gender fluid ideology. For that he was treated terribly. Wilson, RIP!" Robinson wrote.

A friend of Gavin's, Drew Pavlou, described the student as a "very decent and kind person that cared for others" in a Facebook tribute. 

"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 said.

The news of Gavin's death came less than 24 hours after footage emerged of the UQLNC mobbing Drag Storytime, an event organised by Rainbow Families Queensland in celebration of diverse families.

"Shame on the Brisbane City Council for supporting this event. What people do behind the closed doors of a nightclub is their business, but this event is designed to indoctrinate and sexualise young children," the group said in a Facebook post.

"Why is this moral filth being paid for by the taxpayer?"

Videos show the students, including Gavin, disrupting the event by chanting "drag queens are not for kids". Attendees said the protest was "distressing and terrifying" for the children and left "librarians sobbing".

UQLNC later defended its protest, saying it was making "a stand to defend LNP values against a corrosive gender ideology".

The Liberal National Party of Queensland disaffiliated themselves from the university club late last year, with the LNP state executive requesting "the club to desist from using the party's name and colours".

Vicki Howard, a Liberal National Party councillor for the Brisbane City Council, told the Brisbane Times that "the actions of this small group of narrow-minded individuals is appalling".

Howard confirmed the storytelling event is presented by experienced, fully-trained entertainers with Blue Card registration, which all entertainers are required to hold if they are working with children. 

Drag Storytime, which has been held a number of times in the past, is designed to promote "inclusion, tolerance and diversity in the local community", Howard said.

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