Vallum admitted that he killed Williamson because she was transgender and because he feared reprisal from other members of the gang, which forbids homosexual relationships.The case marked the first time that federal prosecutors have used the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.So, standing in solidarity with those women ought to be a no-brainer.
Yet still, there’s only so far this dialogue can go without trust.
In theory, our multifaceted, multilettered queer community is all about alliance, solidarity, and mutual support.
Though we’ve seen advances in areas like marriage equality and nondiscrimination ordinances, systematic oppression of LGBTQ individuals continues in the form of disparate treatment in health care, employment, criminal justice, and public accommodations such as bathrooms and similar sex-segregated spaces.
Hate Crimes Prevention Act to charge someone for targeting a transgender victim, according to the Justice Department.
“Today’s sentencing reflects the importance of holding individuals accountable when they commit violent acts against transgender individuals,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.