Las Perlas, a popular downtown LA bar, is now facing calls for a boycott after footage went viral over the weekend, showing its security staff grabbing multiple trans women and forcefully dragging them outside. The women said they were violently thrown out Friday night after a couple inside the bar yelled slurs at them and physically attacked them. The controversy comes amid reports of increasing anti-LGBTQ hate crimes across the US, escalating concerns about the murders of trans women , and numerous efforts by the Trump administration to allow businesses to discriminate against trans and queer people. At some point, a straight couple started harassing the women by repeatedly calling them men, said Bianchi, who was at Las Perlas with her colleagues from Bienestar, a social services organization. They said we were men with wigs.
Video of trans women forced from LA bar prompts hate crime investigation
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Protesters gathered outside a Los Angeles bar Saturday night after a video surfaced on social media of two transgender women being forcibly and violently removed from the venue by bar staff and security after allegedly being the target of a hate crime by other patrons. A group of volunteers and staff members from Bienestar Human Services, a local nonprofit organization, had just finished attending and speaking at DTLA Proud, an annual two-day event that celebrates the LGBTQ community, when they were aggressively approached by a heterosexual couple at Las Perlas bar, according to a press release from Bienestar. I was like, 'You can't do this, you can't call her -- you can't mistreat her,' so the guy started getting aggressive, started yelling at me, calling me all sorts of names, saying that I was a man, that I was a man," said Jennifer Bianchi, who was part of the group from Bienestar that was ejected. The situation reportedly escalated from there when the couple shouted at and threatened the group by saying "We will come back and kill you," according to Bienestar. In a statement obtained by Los Angeles ABC station KABC , the bar managers said both groups were asked to leave and the guards had to remove those who refused to go, in accordance with company policy.
Police investigating forceful removal of trans women from L.A. bar
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