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Gigi Gorgeous Detained in Dubai for Being Transgender

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Gigi Gorgeous Detained in Dubai for Being Transgender

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Yesterday, transgender model and YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous was detained for 5 hours by airport police in Dubai. She told TMZ she was stopped at immigration shortly after showing her passport and being told by an officer, “I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country.”

This isn’t the first time Dubai has detained a transgender woman for breaking their ban on the “imitation of women by men.” In 2014, two trans Brazilian women had their passports confiscated and were charged with breaking the UAE’s transphobic laws.

Airport police have since come forward and accused the star of using a passport that showed her pre-transition—an accusation laced with institutionalized transphobia—but Gigi insists her passport was updated. She took to her Instagram this morning to share more about her experience: