Gay-rights lawyer dies after setting himself on fire to protest pollution

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The note also stated that "Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather".

The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found in a grassy meadow in Brooklyn's Prospect Park at dawn Saturday, as early-morning cyclists and joggers strode by.

According to a report in Slate.com, following Buckel's suicide, Lambda Legal also issued a statement mourning the death of one of their own.

He added, "all-purpose objective in existence invites intention in passing. I hope it is an honorable death that might serve others". He left it in a shopping cart near his body, and also emailed it to several news media.

"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".

Told Irena Ryjova, 44 who came past the 'mass" just after 7 am, an hour after Buckel burned himself, "It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach'. Police said he was pronounced dead at about 6.30am.

Buckel, who had recently turned his energies to environmental causes, is known for directing major same-sex marriage cases in Iowa and New Jersey in his role as marriage project director for Lambda Legal, a nonprofit organization that promotes civil rights for the LGBT community.

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The case was made famous in the 1999 movie "Boys Don't Cry", for which Hillary Swank won an Oscar for portraying Teena.

Some of his other more prolific cases include arguing against the Boys Scouts of America's ban on homosexual members, fighting for the creation of an LGBTQ club at a high school in Utah and helping a Pennsylvania woman win a lawsuit over being allowed to put "beloved life partner" as an epitaph over her deceased partner. But he was best known as a champion of gay rights.

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.

"David was a brilliant legal visionary". "He knew his craft and his trade and was strategic in how to build the blocks toward a sweeping victory". "This is a tremendous loss for our Lambda Legal family, but also for the entire movement for social justice", the group said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to all those who loved David", Taylor concluded".

David Buckel, an advocate for marriage equality and LGBT youth, left a note protesting environmental destruction, before he self-immolated.

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