Days after a transgender woman was attacked with Roman candles and hit with a metal baseball bat, protesters took to Pennsylvania Avenue Thursday, sending a clarion call for residents to recognize high profile crimes against members of the District’s transgender community.

Activists from the coalition "No Justice No Pride" marched from Freedom Plaza to Judiciary Square, through oppressive humidity and temperatures nearing 100 degrees.

Protesters sought greater protections from police, after a transgender woman was intentionally hit by a car July 4, two days after the roman candle attack.

“It's sad that we can't walk down the street living our authentic lives, every day,” said activist Monroe Poston in an interview Thursday.

“I think the people who attack us are afraid of us for some odd reason. I think that minding our business, living our authentic truths and being able to do so every day unapologetically scares them.”