CNN LGBTQ town hall interrupted by protesters

A CNN LGBTQ town hall featuring many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates was interrupted by protesters on Thursday night, including one incident when a microphone was taken from a questioner at the event in Los Angeles.

A protester named Blossom C. Brown took the mic from a questioner while former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate MORE was on stage.

"Black trans women are dying, our lives matter!" Brown shouted. "I am an extraordinary black trans woman, and I deserve to be here!"

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"I am tired. I am so tired ... It's not just my black trans women, it's my black trans brothers too. And I'm going to say what I'm going to say," she added.

"Blossom, let me tell you something. The reason that we're here is to validate people like you," CNN anchor Don LemonDon Carlton LemonDo people think ill of Jeff Sessions merely based on the sound of his voice? CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump Yang congratulates Romney for 'voting his conscience and character' in convicting Trump MORE responded.

O'Rourke took to Twitter later to declare that "a town hall focused on trans women of color" will be held at a later date.

 

At another point, protesters chanted "Trans lives matter," prompting anchor Anderson Cooper to address the audience.

"Let me just point out: There is a long and proud tradition in history in the gay, lesbian and transgender community of protest and we applaud them for their protest," said Cooper. "AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, an activist group working to end the AIDS crisis, was particularly active in protesting for access to experimental medicine to treat the virus in the 1980s and 1990s, at the height of the AIDS epidemic."

"And they are absolutely right to be angry and upset at the lack of attention, particularly in the media, on the lives of transgender" people, he added.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 26 transgender people were killed in the U.S. in 2018, while 19 have been killed thus far in 2019.

The event, hosted by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, included Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men MORE (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE, Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerLawmakers, labor leaders ramp up calls to use Defense Production Act Democratic senators call on FDA to drop restrictions on blood donations from men who have sex with men Amazon doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerProgressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Candidates want data privacy rules, except for their own campaigns Budowsky: Biden should pull together a 'dream team of rivals' MORE in addition to O'Rourke.

"People are dying, do something!" and "Trans lives matter!" were shouted at Buttigieg at one point.

"I do want to acknowledge what these demonstrators are speaking about, which is the epidemic of violence against black trans women," Buttigieg, who is openly gay, replied, to applause. "And I believe or would like to believe that everybody here is committed to ending that epidemic, and that does include lifting up ... visibility and speaking to it."