New York Lawyer Burns Himself To Death To Protest Fossil Fuels

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Pictured, David Buckel activist and LGBT rights lawyer.

The New York Times quoted friends of Buckel as saying that he became involved in environmental causes after leaving Lambda Legal.

Buckel had been the lead lawyer in the case of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen who police were found to have failed to protect after he was brutally raped and later, murdered in Nebraska.

"Many humans about the planet now breathe air made sterile by fossil fuels, and lots of them perish early deaths as a outcome", Buckel composed in his view, that he delivered to the newest York occasions.

Buckel's suicide note, left in a shopping cart near his body, was also emailed to multiple news outlets, including the Times.

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"Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather", the note said.

According the New York Daily News, 60-year-old David Buckel left a suicide note near the site of his death at the edge of a park in Brooklyn. "We will honor his life by continuing his fight for a better world", Taylor wrote.

Buckel noted in his letter that he was fortunate to have "good health to the final moment", and added that he hoped his death would lead to increased action on environmental concerns.

"My death by fossil-fuel reflects what we are now doing to ourselves". He was \ pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Hilary Swank, who starred in the film, won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Teena.

He was also the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa, and helped set a precedent that USA schools have a duty to prevent anti-gay bullying.

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He argued against the Boy Scout ban on gay, fought for the right of gay high school students in Salt Lake City to organize a club and helped a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit allowing her to put "beloved life partner" on the headstone of her partner.

He said that privilege comes with the suffering of others.

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.

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'. "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory". 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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