Gay Activist Lights Himself On Fire And Dies To Protest Global Warming

Prominent LGBT Rights Lawyer Sets Himself On Fire In “Protest Suicide”

Members of the public discovered the remains of David Buckel in a NY park, with the 60-year-old reportedly leaving a suicide note in a nearby shopping trolley.

"My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves", he wrote.

In a suicide note found nearby, Mr Buckel wrote that he had immolated himself using fossil fuel to symbolise what he said was the damage human beings were doing to the Earth.

Buckel is most well known for a case involving a murdered transgender teen where he served as the lead attorney; he also worked for gay rights organization Lambda Legal as the marriage project director where he helped strategize gay marriage cases in various states. His story was later told in the movie "Boys Don't Cry", starring Hilary Swank as Teena. A 1987 graduate of Cornell Law School, he served as marriage project director at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for LGBT rights.

He reportedly compared his actions to Tibetan monks who have sacrificed themselves to protest Chinese rule, according to Buzzfeed.

David Buckel killed himself by lighting himself on fire Saturday in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

"Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death", he concluded. He left a suicide note in a shopping cart near his body, writing that he hoped his act would bring attention to the need to protect the environment.

Buckel set himself on fire with fossil fuels.

Two die in separate domestic stabbings in London
A man in his 20s was attacked with a knife in Zenith Close, Colindale, north London, just before 6pm on Sunday. He said there "were loads of police officers" and an ambulance remained outside the house for over an hour.

Police pronounced Buckel dead at 6.30am.

He said that privilege comes with the suffering of others.

He was also a nationally renown pioneer in #CommunityComposting and one of my mentors.

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. 'But it is incredibly satisfying work'.

"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", Susan Sommer, a former attorney for Lambda Legal, told the Times.

Sommer added, "He was a very smart and methodical lawyer".

"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. David was a attractive human being who was universally kind to everyone at Lambda Legal, committed to his clients, and devoted to our work'.

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