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American lawyer David S. Buckel, 60, a champion of gay rights, died after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday morning. He left a note exhorting people to lead less selfish lives as a way to protect the planet. His remains were found in a field near baseball diamonds and the main loop used by joggers and bikers.
Mr. Buckel was the lead attorney in Brandon v. County of Richardson, in which a Nebraska county sheriff was found liable for failing to protect Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was murdered in Falls City, Neb. The case was used as the basis for the 1999 film “Boys don’t cry”.
While serving as senior counsel at Lambda Legal, Mr. Buckel was the strategist behind important same-sex marriage cases in New Jersey and Iowa.
G-H sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.