Husband of Trans America founder sentenced to life for her murder

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien and Mark Steele Knudslien on their wedding day / Facebook

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien

An image Christa was quite fond of given as a present by her husband.

The husband of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien founder of the Trans America Beauty Pageant was sentenced to life for her murder last month. Mark Steele Knudslien, 48, changed his plea to guilty in Berkshire Superior Court, admitting to second-degree murder. Mass Live reports that Judge John Agostini sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 25 years.

I apologize for not posting about this sooner. As we all know, our news feeds have been jammed by conservative politicians’ efforts to kill us, the living.

I wrote about Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien in 2018 when she was murdered. Although we never met in person she was a friend of mine on Facebook. She was an exuberant soul who just days before being murdered shared about her new snowblower, home improvements while endearingly encouraging her husband’s efforts to quit smoking.

Cid White, Samantha J Cornell, Danica Ali, Lorelei Erisis, Donald D Molter, Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien and AmyRose Trumpet. Photo by Helen Hua

Christa spent much of her time trying to raise her sisters up. She was a pioneer enduring the dehumanizing effects of presenting in drag queen in order to compete in gay pageants. While I struggled to simply exist in Western Mass. she used her life experiences to found both Miss Trans New England and Miss Trans America. This is what made her uniquely inspiring and a friend and advocate to emulate.

R.I.P. Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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