Famed attorney David S. Buckel, a longtime champion of LGBT rights, died early Saturday morning after setting himself on fire in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the New York Times reports. Buckel, 60, who was also a green activist involved in various environmental causes, left a note explaining that the act of self-immolation was a protest against ecological destruction by fossil fuels. Buckel acted as lead counsel on behalf of the family of Brandon Teena, a transgender Nebraska man raped and murdered in 1993. Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Teena in the 1999 movie Boys Don’t Cry.
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