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Prominent LGBT rights lawyer dies after setting himself on fire

Prominent LGBT rights lawyer dies after setting himself on fire

David Buckel, 60, left behind a corpse along with a blatant suicide note himself had been burning to passing fossil-fuel & rdquo; to signify just how humankind was murdering itself, police sources said.

Buckel's body was already completely burned by the time firefighters arrived, according to the New York Post. "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves", read his email to the Times. During his career, Buckel worked on several important cases that focused on marriage equality before shifting his complete focus to environmental causes.

But his more prominent achievements came in his work as a civil rights lawyer.

He also worked as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, which fights for LGBT rights. He argued in many landmark cases involving LGBTQ youth, including a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its former ban on gay members. "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", the firm wrote in a statement published online.

According to a report in Slate.com, following Buckel's suicide, Lambda Legal also issued a statement mourning the death of one of their own.

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"David was a brilliant legal visionary".

Lambda Legal also highlighted key successes of Buckel's legal career, such as the unanimous ruling in 2009 by the Iowa Supreme Court allowing same-sex marriage - making the Midwest state only the third American state to recognize this right at the time of the decision. "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, ostracized LGBT young people". Teena's story was portrayed in the movie "Boys Don't Cry". Hilary Swank, who starred in the film, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Teena.

David Buckel self immolation suicide at Brooklyn's Prospect Park.David Buckel activist self immolation suicide protest death: A fighter of discrimination. The 60-year-old set himself on fire in the busy NY park, leaving a suicide night behind to explain his actions.

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

Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal and now the general counsel for the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice, also reacted to Buckel's death.


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