Gay Civil Rights Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself On Fire

Gay Civil Rights Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself On Fire

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather", he wrote in an email, according to the Times.

According to Buzzfeed, police confirmed the suicide of David Buckel, 60, who was discovered when firefighters responded to reports of a fire in Prospect Park.

It's a tragic shame that Buckel's life ended in such a way, knowing all the good he could have done for the world if he were still alive.

Buckel added that he hoped his death would lead to greater activism: "Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death".

Buckel apparently left the note in a shopping cart in close proximity to where his remains would be found the following day.

"A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life..."

Buckel was the lead attorney in a lawsuit that involved Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska.

He was also the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa, and helped set a precedent that U.S. schools have a duty to prevent anti-gay bullying.

He also fought for the right of gay high-school students in Salt Lake City to organize a club, and argued against discrimination in the Boy Scoutss of America and the military. Hilary Swank, who starred in the film, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Teena.

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"My death by fossil-fuel reflects what we are now doing to ourselves".

'The thoroughness, the detail and the careful reasoning in the opinion means that other courts around the nation will be paying attention, ' he said.

He was an attorney in Lewis v. Harris, in which the New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled in 2006 that same-sex couples be provided all the benefits and responsibility of marriage, Lambda Legal said. "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice.We have lost a movement leader, a colleague, and a friend".

In addition to a record of ecological work, the lawyer had also been a well-known advocate for marriage equality and other LGBT-rights issues.

Camilla Taylor, acting legal director at Lambda Legal, Mr Buckel's former employer, described him as a "brilliant legal visionary".

Sommer added, "He was a very smart and methodical lawyer".

The statement continued: "Our hearts go out to all who knew David".

"His thoughtful and engaging advocacy broke through many stubborn misconceptions and showed it was possible and necessary for our movement to speak up for bullied, ostracised LGBT young people", she said in a statement to the Huffington Post.

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