Rita Hester

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Rita Hester
Born (1963-11-30)November 30, 1963
Died November 28, 1998(1998-11-28) (aged 34)
Allston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Known for Murdered in her own apartment, ostensibly a hate crime

Rita Hester (born 30 November 1963) was a transgender African American woman who was murdered in Allston, MA on November 28, 1998.[1] In response to her murder, an outpouring of community grief and anger led to a candlelight vigil held the following Friday (December 4) in which about 250 people participated. Her death also inspired the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.[2] Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.


  1. ^ 'Remembering Rita Hester' November 15, 2008, Edge Boston
  2. ^ Irene Monroe (2010-11-19). "Remembering Trans Heroine Rita Hester". Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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