Man dies in apparent suicide after footage of him protesting drag queen went viral
A man has died in an apparent suicide the day after a clip of him leading a protest against drag queens as part of a right wing student organisation went viral.
Wilson Gavin - the president of the University of Queensland's conservative Liberal National Club - was lambasted online for his involvement in the protest after it started gaining traction on social media on Sunday.
The 21-year-old, died early on Monday morning in Brisbane, Australia, Buzzfeed News reports.
In the footage, which was posted to Twitter, Gavin and several other students can be seen yelling "drag queens are not for kids", at a storytelling event at Brisbane Square Library on Sunday morning.
The video quickly garnered hundreds of thousands of views, and the protest was thoroughly condemned by a number of leading Australians using the #IStandWithQueens hashtag.
The club took to Facebook prior to the event to describe it as a "stand to defend LNP values against a corrosive gender ideology."
However, senior members of the Liberal National party and the University of Queensland Union (UQU), which the club is a part of, denounced the protest.
UQU president, Ethan Van Roo Douglas, issued a statement on Sunday which said that the organisation was "appalled" by the demonstration, and that they were planning a "further response". "We strongly condemn aggressive behaviour that intimidates and causes distress to children and their families," he added.
Federal MP, Trevor Evans, described the protestors as "ratbags", saying that their behaviour was "appalling", per the Brisbane Times.
Queensland police and ambulance services were called to at incident at Chelmer at around 7:07am on Monday. A state ambulance spokesperson said that the individual was found with critical injures.
Speaking to Buzzfeed News, Gavin's Friend, Solomon Sankari, who knew him through the Australian Monarchist League, said he was a "very smart young man".
"Well liked by all he met. Intelligent, funny and caring. A genuinely nice soul. It’s a shame he’s gone. Massive monarchist. He had a great passion and love for the Royal Family," he continued.
Gavin, who identified as gay, previously campaigned against same-sex marriage during the 2017 postal survey.
The University of Queensland Union has not yet issued a comment regarding the incident.