[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSMISOGYNY, MURDER, STABBING]
For years and years and years, I don't even know how many years, trans people, particularly trans women of color, have been murdered for being trans. And it took until year 2017 for anyone to be convicted of a hate crime against one of them.
Josh Vallum sentenced to prison for anti-transgender hate crime.
The following is very disturbing:
Vallum admitted, as part of his guilty plea, that on May 28, 2015, he decided to kill Williamson after learning that a friend had discovered Williamson was transgender. Vallum believed he would be in danger if other Latin Kings members found out that he had engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a transgender woman.
On May 29, 2015, Vallum found Williamson at her home in Alabama, lured her into his car, and drove her to his father’s home in Lucedale, Mississippi. Vallum admitted that he then used a stun gun to shock Williamson in the chest, repeatedly stabbed her, and hit her with a hammer until she died.
I don't know if it's more horrible that this guy felt he was in danger because people hate trans women so much that they'll attack people who have relationships with them or that all those men who go into a homophobic and transphobic rage the moment they realize that a women they were attracted to was trans and murdered her right then and there weren't ever convicted of a hate crime.
Transphobia is that intense. If you're cis, please keep that in mind every fucking day.