High-profile USA gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate David Buckel, 60, has self-immolated in a public park in a grisly protest against humanity's destruction of the planet.
According to the New York Daily News, Buckel left a handwritten note at the scene, which said he'd self-immolated with fossil fuel in a protest against the environment's destruction. "Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death", Buckel wrote in the email to the Times.
In Nebraska, Buckel represented JoAnn Brandon, when she sued Richardson County in 2000 for failing to protect her daughter, Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in 1993 in Falls City. His story was later told in the movie "Boys Don't Cry", starring Hilary Swank as Teena.
Buckel also the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa. "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".
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Buckel's suicide note, left in a shopping cart near his body, was also emailed to multiple news outlets, including the Times.
"Honourable objective in life invites honourable goal in death".
LGBT lawyer David Buckel set himself on fire as a sign of protest.
"This is not new, as many have chose to give a life based on the view that no other action can most meaningfully address the harm they see", Buckel reportedly wrote.
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"Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard". David was a handsome human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work.
More recently, Buckel worked as an urban gardener and ecologist with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, helping run what he called the largest composting program in the country to use only renewable sources of energy.
By the time firefighters got there, his entire body had been burned, FDNY officials said.
'We were a little freaked out. David was a lovely human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'. It took us a little while to process it, ' she said.
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