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'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race 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 LemonBiden urges senators to have 'courage' for impeachment trial Biden lashes out at Graham on Ukraine: 'I'm just embarrassed by what you're doing' CNN's Don Lemon: I'm not some partisan liberal Democrat 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 Ann WarrenTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE, Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Overnight Defense: Dems unveil impeachment articles against Trump | Saudi military flight students grounded after shooting | Defense bill takes heat from progressives | Pentagon watchdog to probe use of personnel on border MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Shooting in Jersey City leaves multiple people dead, including police officer Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and businessman Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerBloomberg not sure Trump is a billionaire: 'Never seen' his tax returns Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate Steyer rolls out 5B plan to invest in historically black colleges 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."