Gay rights lawyer immolates self in NYC park in ecology protest

Nellie Chapman
April 15, 2018

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather", the lawyer said in his suicide note, quoted by the New York Times. Buckel emailed copies of the note to several news organizations, including the New York Times.

Mr Buckel was well known for his legal work on behalf of gay, lesbian and transgender people and later worked with several environmental groups.

The 1987 Cornell Law School graduate argued during his career against the Boy Scout ban on gays and for the establishment of a gay student club at a Utah high school.

Offered Camilla Taylor, Lamba Legal's director of constitutional litigation and acting legal director in a statement, 'This is a tragic loss for our Lambda Legal family and for the social justice movement'. The man's death is an apparent suicide, cops said. David was a attractive human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'. "David helped create Lambda Legal's focus on LGBT youth", she said.

A county sheriff was found negligent in the killing for his failure to protect Teena from his rapists - who returned and killed him once he went to authorities. The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled in Brandon's favor.

The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were discovered shortly after sunrise when firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the southwest corner of the sprawling Brooklyn park, police sources said.

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Irene Ryjova, a 44-year-old woman who was rollerblading in the park early Saturday, told the New York Post she saw the body lying on the floor "like someone would lie on the sand at the beach".

In his note, Buckel compared his macabre demise with the suicides of those who set themselves afire to protest China's occupation of Tibet.

The case was made famous in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry", for which Hillary Swank won an Oscar for portraying Teena.

The activist's note was recovered in a manila envelope marked 'To The Police, ' which was found inside a shopping cart Buckel had discarded at the scene.

"Many who drive their own lives to help others often realize that they do not change what causes the need for their help", he added. Outside of the US, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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