David Buckel, a prominent gay rights lawyer, committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to protest global warming.
This dude was completely insane.
Police say that Buckel, 60, left behind a suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to prove how mankind was killing itself.
The note was discovered inside a black metal pushcart near the scene. The note in a manila envelope was marked -“To The Police,”
“Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result,” Buckel wrote in his note, which he also sent to the New York Times.
“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves. Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purpose in death.”
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) April 14, 2018
Of course people that saw the gruesome scene were horrified.
“It was just lying there, on its back, knees slightly bent like someone would lie on the sand at the beach,” said Irena Ryjova, 44, a rollerblader who passed by at about 7 a.m., less than an hour after the immolation.
“It’s a shock; it’s a shame,” said mom Dana Lall as she shepherded a crowd of Catholic-school kids past the horrific scene, en route to a baseball game.
As a senior attorney with Lambda Legal defense, Buckel was a lead lawyer in a 2000 lawsuit on behalf of transgender “Boys Don’t Cry” rape-murder victim Brandon Teena, helping the family recover additional damages from neglectful Nebraska law enforcement.
The 1999 movie earned Hilary Swank an Oscar for her portrayal of Teena.
“It’s a very important case, not only within Nebraska but nationally,” Buckel had told the Daily Nebraskan newspaper in 2001, after helping win an $80,000 judgment.
According to news stories, Buckel was the dad of a daughter.
So I guess he was a bi-sexual.
“David Buckel, Terry Kaelber, Cindy Vail, Rona Broholm, and the daughter they all co-parent, Hannah,” read a 2006 photo caption in the Gay City News, above a snapshot of the five attending an event honoring Kaelber for his nine years at an organization named “SAGE.”
The group advocates for and provides services to older members of the LGBT community.
“We are devastated,” a woman leaving Buckel’s address said Saturday night. “We had no idea.”
Well, he went out with a bang, didn’t he.
I know it’s too late to tell him but there’s no such thing as global warming so you killed yourself for nothing.
Well, rest in peace.
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