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'RourkeJimmy Carter says his son smoked pot with Willie Nelson on White House roof O'Rourke endorses Kennedy for Senate: 'A champion for the values we're most proud of' 2020 Democrats do convention Zoom call 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!"


"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 LemonScaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers Cohen: Trump is serious when he mentions staying for more than two terms Cohen: 'I guarantee that it's not going to go well for whoever' set up Woodward interview 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 WarrenGOP set to release controversial Biden report Biden's fiscal program: What is the likely market impact? Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt MORE (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Bogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq MORE, Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSocial Security and Medicare are on the ballot this November Harris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBattle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates Klobuchar: GOP can't use 'raw political power right in middle of an election' MORE (D-Minn.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-N.J.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, and businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerTV ads favored Biden 2-1 in past month Inslee calls Biden climate plan 'perfect for the moment' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration finalizes plan to open up Alaska wildlife refuge to drilling | California finalizes fuel efficiency deal with five automakers, undercutting Trump | Democrats use vulnerable GOP senators to get rare win on environment 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."