Canadian model allegedly detained at Dubai airport for more than 5 hours for being transgender

11 August 2016 / 2 months 1 week ago

Canadian model and YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous has said that she was detained at Dubai airport for more than five hours, just because she is transgendered.

She posted about the ordeal on Instagram:

"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."

According to Hollywood Reporter, Gigi said that an immigration officer told her, "I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country." 

Airport officials told TMZ she is listed as male and has a photograph of herself as a man on her passport, although Gorgeous denies this. The "imitation of women by men" is illegal in Dubai.

Join in the talk