A lawyer well known for his work in gay rights and environmental advocacy burned himself to death in a Brooklyn park on Saturday as a protest against fossil fuels.
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.
"I hope it is an honorable death that might serve others".
The 1999 film Boys Don't Cry, starring Hilary Swank, who won an Oscar for the role, was based on Teena's story.
While serving as marriage project director and senior counsel at Lambda Legal, a national organization that fights for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa. "Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early as a result - my death by fossil fuels reflects what we are doing to ourselves".
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.
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David Buckel killed himself by lighting himself on fire Saturday in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Buckel ran the NYC Composting Project out of Red Hook Community Farm.
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. Honorable goal in life invites honorable purchase in death.
He added, "A life of privilege requires actions to balance the harm caused, and the greater the privilege, the greater the responsibility".
'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'. "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", Camilla Taylor, the group's director of constitutional litigation, said in a statement.
The former lawyer's body was found by local resident Amy Hamberry who was jogging through the park.
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.