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Wilson Gavin is a hero, but just hours after his death ‘tolerant progressives’ still aren’t done vilifying him

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The Daily Mail Australia is reporting Wilson Gavin died after suffering critical injuries in suicide about 7am this morning at Chelmer Railway station.

I am, was, friends with Wilson. He has nothing to apologise for and is a hero we all should take notes from. He hated no one, and dearly loved his Roman Catholic Church, taking his religion very seriously. He loved the Queen and our Commonwealth, and passionately advocated for conservative principles as the best ideas for all of his fellow Australians. Like the stranger in the parable of the Good Samaritan, he thought it his Christian imperative to practically insert himself into solutions for the welfare of others, motivated only by love of neighbour.

During the campaign to defend or undefine marriage in 2017, Wilson was one of three brave, young, gay men who came out as conservatives voting ‘no’ and were willing to be interviewed by me. One changed his mind the day before; the others participated on condition his identity be obscured.

These young men understood the personal risk and potential cost to their careers and reputation if they dared to dissent from the status quo. As if to prove the stakes, we conducted the interview the week after the three ladies from the first Coalition for Marriage video were viciously persecuted, threated and intimidated, even facing petitions to end their careers for voting no.

Wilson’s joy and warmth of character exploded from his easy smile and infectious laugh through the lens and screen to the viewer. He described how fantastic the legal rights of homosexuals are in Australia.

“I’m very blessed to live in Australia, I think. My family have always been completely supportive of my sexuality. I went to a Catholic School – the school was very supportive of my sexuality. I’ve never experienced overt discrimination or hatred of any type regarding my sexuality. I’ve never felt hated for being in Australia.”

I asked about his experience coming out as a conservative against undefining marriage. He smiled wryly and explained, “Very different story… As a conservative, you are just subjected to an unending barrage of vitriol and hatred and of the nastiest comments imaginable.”

Wilson Gavin made reference to the tragic mental health crisis amongst gay people in Australia, observing, “Same-sex marriage is not going to fix that.”

Presciently he observed, “They’re not going to stop at marriage. Their goal is to tear down the family and every traditional institution in Australia. They just hate everything that I love – they hate me because I’m a conservative. And they hate me more because I’m a gay, and I can say to them, ‘I’m gay. I’m not a homophobe, I love gay men! You can’t call me a homophobe just because I oppose same-sex marriage, just because I’m against your agenda. You can’t shout me down the way you can most people. You can’t shout me down by saying I’m a bigot and I’m a homophobe.”

Talking about his concern for the impacts of undefining marriage and its predicted consequences on children, Wilson articulated, “I think the rights of children are some of the most sacred rights that we have in our society.”

It was undoubtedly this concern which motivated him to publicly protest the Brisbane City Council library event, Drag Storytime, which he described as a want of organisers to “pollute the minds of our children”. I have to agree. Intentionally immersing impressionable young minds in environments which would normally be safe but are instead saturated with adult males costumed as ugly caricatures of hyper-sexualised women is hard to describe any other way by any right-thinking person.

I find it as vulgar and baseless to blame people sincerely disagreeing with the group’s actions for Wilson’s mental health as it is to blame Christians and conservatives opposed to normalising sexual and gender confusion for the mental health of people they disagree with.

Wilson agreed, and in 2017 to such accusations retorted, “Telling young gay people that just because a certain issue is being discussed in the media they’re gonna want to go and kill themselves… it is so infantilising… it’s ridiculous.”

The public backlash by ‘tolerant progressives’ was far from mostly civilised but was vicious and unrelenting. Of course, there is a difference between robustly debating the merits of undefining a timeless institution or allowing the pollution of innocent children on government property, and indicting a specific individual’s or group’s character with hashtags like #HitlerYouth or trigger-happy accusations of homophobia, bigotry, personal hatred and worse.

And in response to the news of Wilson’s tragic passing the shameful personal attacks continued.

One wrote, “It is a shame for him rather than embrace the LGBTQI community, to better understand himself, he chose to go to war on it. His last act, one of hate, will be what he will be remembered for.”

Another snarled, “The mental gymnastics required every day to overcome internalised homophobia can be so tiresome. Poor Wilson Gavin. He lost his battle today against all that self-hatred and self-loathing.”

Rather than holding fire, they implied he was at war with the “LGBTQI community”, didn’t understand his sexuality, acted in hate and will be remembered only for that, hated and loathed himself because he was homophobic. Far worse things were said on a Facebook page called “UQ Stalkerspace” before administrators deleted them.

The evil of the leftist ‘tolerance’ charade is they appoint themselves the moral police, judge and executioner of anyone who reaches different, traditional moral convictions or shows even an ounce of the public interest they permit themselves. The use of social media for bullying is well documented as are the too frequently tragic results. Ignorance of the potential cost is not a plausible excuse for anyone who’s ever clucked their tongue or worse, echoed the gross rhetoric that a simple debate might be responsible for someone dying of suicide.

I hope tears of sincere regret and resolute repentance flow tonight from those who so recklessly indulged their outrage.

I will try to attend Wilson’s farewell from this life and honour him as a hero who refused to be bullied into silence by the angry mob or to fear the personal cost of living out his convictions. I will remember him as the brave man who certainly was not a homophobe but defied the toxic ‘tolerant progressives’, saying, “You can’t call me a homophobe just because I oppose same-sex marriage, just because I’m against your agenda. You can’t shout me down the way you can most people. You can’t shout me down by saying I’m a bigot and I’m a homophobe.

Vale Wilson Gavin.

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