Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien
Summary: transgender rights activist who was the founder of Miss Trans America beauty pageant to highlight the beauty of transgender women from across the region, who also helped launch the Miss Trans New England pageant and was one of the organizers of the first New England Trans Pride event in 2008.
Cause of Death: Stabbed and beaten to death by her husband during an argument
Born: December 2, 1975
Died: January 5, 2018
Location: North Adams, Massachusetts