Catfishing doesn't have the same stakes for everyone. If you show up to date and the other person is not who you expected, who is most threatened?
Or as Margaret Atwood put it: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” At this writing, 39 states still admit the gay/trans panic defense for violence against queer people.
Getting confirmation that you are talking to the person in the photos via video call before meeting up is a great step to protect yourself.