Activists protesting sometimes fatal violence against transgender people briefly shut down a busy intersection near the Beverly Center late Friday afternoon.

The rally, organized by FAMILIA: Trans and Queer Liberation Movement and the TransLatin@ Coalition and supported by the National LGBTQ Task Force, began about 5 p.m. at the intersection of La Cienega Boulevard and Third Street.

Several dozen people took part and some briefly blocked the intersection, said Los Angeles police Officer Jane Kim, but there were no reports of arrests.

The protest, dubbed the “Spring into Love Rally,” was organized to call for an end to violence against and killings of transgender and gender non- conforming people in Southern California and throughout the country, according to organizers.

“Eight transgender and gender non-conforming  people have been murdered across the U.S. this year alone,” said Kylar Broadus, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force. “This epidemic of violence must end and we urge everyone to join us in creating a safe, just and equitable society free from discrimination and prosecution.”

Bamby Salcedo, president of the TransLatin@ Coalition, said more must be done to protect against such violence and discrimination.

“We call on federal and local governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses to join us in stopping these senseless murders, Salcedo said.

City News Service

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