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'RourkeVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign 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 LemonAnderson Cooper, Andy Cohen paired for third straight CNN's New Year Eve CNN's Lemon stunned by 'stupid, juvenile' Trump-Thanos meme: 'Are you people insane?' Biden urges senators to have 'courage' for impeachment trial 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.

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"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."