GiGi Gorgeous: Transgender Model Denied Entry Into Dubai, Detained At Airport!

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Gigi Gorgeous, 24, shared an incredibly emotional post on Instagram on Tuesday after airport personnel in Dubai detained her for several hours. The Canadian model says she was detained because she is transgender. GiGi Gorgeous told People the experience was, “one of the scariest moments in my life.”

After being detained and held at the Dubai airport for over 5 hours, this was the moment my baby came to rescue me. 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. I am now on my way to somewhere much more accepting. Safe and sound and happy. I love you guys💋

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Popular YouTuber, GiGi Gorgeous told TMZ about the incident, claiming that the immigration officer in Dubai said, “I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country.” According to TIME, homosexuality is illegal in the United Arab Emirates, and Dubai has been known to punish the “imitation of women by men.” Gorgeous captioned the photo hugging her friend Nats Getty.

“After being detained and held at the Dubai airport for over 5 hours, this was the moment my baby came to rescue me.”

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A photo posted by GIGI GORGEOUS 👸🏼 (@gigigorgeous) on

GiGi continued on,

“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.”

GiGi Gorgeous was born Gregory Allan Lazzarto and changed her name to Gigi Loren in 2014. This name is the name that appears in her updated passport. GiGi’s passport also describes her as female. However, airport police told TMZ the passport has a male photo and describes her as male.

GiGi’s mother died when she was only 19 years old—this is when GiGi knew she had to make a major life change. GiGi revealed to People magazine last year,

“[Her death] made me realize, ‘Life is too short to not do what you want to do. Let’s become the most authentic you that you can be.’ “

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