Prominent Lawyer Sets Himself on Fire in Brooklyn to Protest Fossil Fuels

Casey Dawson
April 16, 2018

Buckel went on from that case to work for Lambda Legal, a national LGBT rights organization that mourned his death Saturday in a statement on its website.

"Honourable goal in life invites honourable objective in death".

The two notes were found inside a garbage bag inside a shopping cart near his body.

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

David Buckel, 60, killed himself after sending messages to multiple news outlets including The New York Times claiming his intentions to set himself on fire to protest the world's usage of fossil fuels at the expense of the environment. The case was turned into Hilary Swank Movie Boys Don't Cry in 1999. He expressed hope that his death would be a call to action.

In the note, Buckel referenced the Tibetan monk protesters who set themselves on fire in protest the Chinese occupation in Tibet, arguably an image that has captured resistance and protests more powerfully than any other.

"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".

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A jogger who stumbled across the remains and shared photographs of them on Twitter before they were covered up by police said they were "freaked out" by the discovery.

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.

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.

He was also a nationally renown pioneer in #CommunityComposting and one of my mentors. He also worked with the NYC Compost Project as an ecological activist.

Camilla Taylor, Lambda Legal's acting legal director, said in a statement that Buckel was a "brilliant legal visionary" who was universally kind to all he worked with. "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory".

"He deserves tremendous thanks for recognizing this was in many ways at the heart of what it meant to be gay for many Americans and making it a priority", said Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal "I learned so much from him about the emotional center of what it means for a gay person not to be able to have all the protections for the person they love and that it's worth fighting for", she added.

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