Renowned gay rights attorney and environmentalist self-immolates at Brooklyn park

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Notable gay rights lawyer and environmental activist David Buckel was discovered burned to death in an apparent suicide in popular Brooklyn park early Saturday morning.A jogger on a run through Prospect Park at around 6:15 a.m. spotted a fire on the grass, police sources said.The jogger flagged down a New York Police Department cop who then approached the blaze and discovered a person was burning, the sources said.Before self-immolating, Buckel,60, stowed his identification and a suicide note nearby, the sources added.In the noted Buckel said his “early death by fossil fuel” was a protest against damage to the environment, according to the New York Daily News.The location where Buckel decided to take his own life was only a few blocks away from his home just off the park.Buckel earned acclaim when he championed a lawsuit involving a transgender man named Brandon Teena who was slain in Nebraska.The man’s life story was adapted to the big screen in the indie film hit “Boys Don’t Cry,”He also spearheaded same-sex marriage cases in numerous states around the country.Lamda Legal, where Buckel served as its project director, released a statement calling the counselor “a visionary.”“This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice,” according to the statement. “David was an indefatigable attorney and advocate, and also a dedicated and loving friend to so many. He will be remembered for his kindness, devotion, and vision for justice.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img

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