Rita Hester

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Rita Hester
Born(1963-11-30)November 30, 1963
DiedNovember 28, 1998(1998-11-28) (aged 34)
Known forShe was murdered during a hate crime in her own apartment.

Rita Hester (30 November 1963 - 28 November 1998) was a transgender African American woman who was murdered in Allston, Massachusetts on November 28, 1998.[1] In response to her murder, an outpouring of grief and anger led to a candlelight vigil held the following Friday (December 4) in which about 250 people participated. The community struggle to see Rita's life and identity covered respectfully by local papers, including the Boston Herald and Bay Windows, was chronicled by Nancy Nangeroni.[2] Her death also inspired the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and the Transgender Day of Remembrance [3] Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.


  1. ^ 'Remembering Rita Hester' November 15, 2008, Edge Boston
  2. ^ Nancy Nangeroni (1999-02-01). "Rita Hester's Murder and the Language of Respect". Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  3. ^ Irene Monroe (2010-11-19). "Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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