You may not know Rita Hester, but her 1998 murder in Boston sparked the Remembering Our Dead Web project. On November 28 of that year, Hester was found stabbed and dying in her apartment, the victim of what many thought was a hate crime. After reading the sensationalized articles filled with references to Rita as he, the transgender community rallied to remember Rita and others like her in a manner that respected their life choices. Todays Transgender Day of Remembrance event hopes to honor Hester and others, as well as make a showing of compassion and acceptance. Members of the transgender community and their friends, including Houston City Councilmember Sue Lovell, will make a few remarks, followed by video presentations and a reception.
Sat., Nov. 22, 6-9:30 p.m., 2008