YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous Is Detained At Dubai Airport Over Her Transgender Identity
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YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous has spoken out about a scary experience this week after she was detained at an airport in Dubai, apparently because she is transgender.
Explaining what happened on Instagram, Gigi says she faced a five hour ordeal as she tried to enter the country as part of a holiday trip.
On arriving at the airport, she was apparently detained by police because of her passport. According to TMZ her passport has been updated to reflect her transition although police told the outlet that it still reflects her pre-transition identity and uses a picture of her as a male.
"After being detained and held at the Dubai airport for over 5 hours, this was the moment my baby came to rescue me," Gigi captioned a photo of herself embracing a friend.
"Yesterday was one of the scariest moments of my entire life and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. How you can be denied entry somewhere just because of who you are is seriously disgusting and also very scary.
"This further proves the need for CHANGE," she adds. "I am now on my way to somewhere much more accepting. Safe and sound and happy. I love you guys."
According to TMZ, the 'imitation of women by men' is illegal in Dubai (which is a problematic enough statement as it is) and Gigi told the outfit that it was at immigration that she faced the beginnings of the problem: "I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country."
She apparently added that the authorities still have her passport and she is trying to get out of the country asap.
This sounds like a terrifying and awful experience. Why can't we just all let each other live?