Rita Hester

Her unsolved murder inspired Transgender Day of Rememberence.

Murdered November 28, 1998 • Last updated: June 8, 2021

  • LocationAllston, Massachusetts
  • Date MurderedNovember 28, 1998
  • BirthdayNovember 30, 1963

It’s likely you’ve heard of The Transgender Day of Remembrance, but do you know the story of the woman who inspired it? Her legacy will live beyond her all too brief life. Rita Hester was born on November 30, 1963, the youngest of five children. She grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and her friends and family don’t recall a specific “coming out as trans'' moment, she simply was Rita. Her younger sister, Diana told NBC news,"I kind of always knew,...

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