Gay-rights lawyer sets himself on fire in protest against climate change

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

A nationally known gay rights attorney and green activist set himself on fire and burned to death in Prospect Park early Saturday in a freakish ecological protest suicide.

The remains of David Buckel, 60, were found by civilians passing through the NY park, and police say he was pronounced dead at around 6:30 a.m EST.

The activist's note was recovered in a manila envelope marked 'To The Police, ' which was found inside a shopping cart Buckel had discarded at the scene.

"Honorable goal in life invites honorable objective in death", he concluded. His story was later told in the movie "Boys Don't Cry", starring Hilary Swank as Teena.

Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action, writing: "Honorable objective in life invites honorable goal in death".

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"My name is David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide", the note reportedly said.

Buckel also the strategist behind same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.

Buckel said he wanted his death to lead to increased action.

The New York Times reported the note said: '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'.

Varous said she often saw Buckel and his partner at the Park Slope Food Co-op and a farmer's market.

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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.

"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". But he was best known as a champion of gay rights.

'It's a very important case, not only within Nebraska but nationally, ' Buckel told the Daily Nebraskan newspaper in 2001, after helping win an $80,000 judgment.

Buckel worked with several environmental groups, including doing volunteer work with the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm and acting as the senior organics recovery coordinator for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's NYC Compost Project.

Lambda Legal said his death was a "tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", describing him as an "indefatigable attorney" and a "beautiful human being". "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory". "David helped create Lambda Legal's focus on LGBT youth", Taylor continued, detailing Buckel's work on a case that led a federal court to rule that schools "have an obligation to prevent anti-gay bullying".

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