David Buckel ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Lawyer Dies After Setting Himself On Fire in NYC Park

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Well-known gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate David Buckel is dead after burning himself to death in a protest against ecological destruction.

Police say the charred remains of 60-year-old Buckel were found early Saturday in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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The Daily News reports that Buckel left a suicide note saying he had used fossil fuel to burn himself as a metaphor for the destruction of the planet. He added that he hoped his death was “honorable” and “might serve others.” Buckel was the lead attorney in in a lawsuit involving Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Nebraska. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie “Boys Don’t Cry.” source

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

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