By Kayla Brantley For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:39 BST, 25 August 2019 | Updated: 20:39 BST, 25 August 2019
Two transgender women claim they were forcibly and violently removed from a Los Angeles bar after being subjected to transphobic slurs by bar patrons.
Cellphone video shows Jennifer Bianchi and another transgender friend being aggressively dragged out of Las Perlas Friday night in downtown Los Angeles.
The women were with colleagues from Bienestar Human Services, a non-profit that works with the LGBTQ community, after a Pride event when a man and woman in the bar began spewing homophobic remarks at them.
But they say after the exchange, Las Perlas employees asked the group to leave, resulting in the two transgender women being forcibly removed.
The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Jennifer Bianchi (left) and another transgender friend were aggressively dragged out of a bar Friday night in downtown Los Angeles
Bianchi, a transgender women, said: 'It makes me feel uncomfortable. It makes me feel like I am less than them, where I am not' (pictured)
Protesters gathered outside Las Perlas Saturday in response to the footage and in support of Biamchi and her friend.
The women had just finished representing Bienestar at the DTLA PROUD event at nearby Pershing Square when they incident occurred.
They say they are now upset with the bar Las Perlas because the couple who spewed transphobic remarks were not removed as they were.
The couple accused of instigating