Thursday, 15 November, 2018

LGBT lawyer dies after setting himself on fire in climate change protest

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Patty Aguilar | 15 April, 2018, 19:21

"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather", Buckel wrote.

David Buckel's suicide notes were left inside an envelope labeled "for the police" placed inside a garbage bag left inside a shopping cart near the body.

"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", the email continued.

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

Buckel also served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights, where he was the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

"The news of David's death is heartbreaking", Taylor said.

Buckel 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 Scouts of America and the military. David was a handsome human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'.

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"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.

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 attorney ran Lambda Legal's Marriage Project before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in 2015.

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.

In his note, Buckel invoked the images of protesters setting themselves afire to protest the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

The case attracted quite a lot of publicity and was even adapted into a movie, concentrating on Teena's life named "Boys Don't Cry", which won actress Hillary Swank an Academy Award.

A typed letter was left arranged with his business card along with his suicide note. You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line.

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