I would be further proof of a stubbornly pervasive narrative: the man who dresses up as a woman to trick a man.
Vallum wasn’t gay and felt like he had to kill his girlfriend to prove it, but only because other people refuse to believe trans women are women.
Trans people are often accused of being oversensitive, that we’re looking to be offended.
Vallum dating Williamson is gay only if you hold that trans women are men.
On May 15, 2017, Vallum became the first person convicted of a hate crime for killing a trans person and was sentenced to 49 years. While his action was unforgivable, he was surrounded by people who found it inconceivable that a straight man would willingly be with a trans woman.
I’m listening for other sounds in the area, praying other guests are near and would hear me yell because I know I can’t outrun him.
I can already see him grabbing me, throwing me onto the bed and muffling my screams with a pillow. I know what the story would be if my lifeless body were later found, and if Mark were arrested. That I came to his hotel room and it was only when we were in bed that he discovered I was “really a man.” That he panicked and the next thing he knew I was no longer breathing.
After their relationship ended, when a friend of Vallum’s found out that Williamson was trans, that he went to kill her.
Vallum was a member of the Latin Kings, which forbids homosexual acts, and he was afraid word would get out.
My heart was beating a little faster as I walked down the hotel hallway.