To everyone who knew our son and brother and shared their stories of who Wilson Gavin really was – we thank you.
To those who have described Wilson as “a deeply troubled young man”, including so-called family members – with all due respect – you never knew him.
Wilson Gavin died on Monday. He was 21.
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.
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.
To those who are now regretting words said or typed in anger that may have contributed to another person’s suffering – we know and share your pain all too well.
To the people impacted by our son’s decision to end his life in the way that he did – words cannot express our sorrow for you.
To the police and emergency services personnel who have treated us with such dignity and compassion, and work with this type of trauma far too often – you have our deepest respect and gratitude.
We loved Wil for his compassion and sense of justice – just some of the many things he got right.
We respected the unwavering strength of his convictions and desire to make the world better.
And we admired Wil’s drive to contribute, so often in ways not many knew about – like serving at a soup kitchen every Saturday or the year he spent teaching kids in Mongolia. He would regularly give the last note in his wallet to a homeless person on the street.
Wil worked tirelessly for causes without personal gain, gratitude, or in some cases, loyalty.
We remember him as a devoted and loving son and brother. We will love him, always and will be forever grateful he was part of our family.
For help or information, call Lifeline 13 11 14; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800; or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.