YouTube Star Gigi Gorgeous, most famous for her makeup tutorials, was allegedly denied entry into Dubai when border patrol saw that she was transgender. Gigi took to social media to describe her five-hour ordeal describing the experience as “one of the scariest moments of my entire life and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.”
According to TMZ, who spoke to police at the airport, the 24-year-old Canadian’s passport identified her as male in both the picture and gender. Gigi, though, says that this is not the case and that her passport had been updated, and she told TMZ that an immigration officer came over and said “I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country.”
Ultimately she was not allowed into the country. Despite conflicting reports, Gigi’s story is one that countless transmen and women face when traveling. According to Dubai law “imitation of women by men” is illegal. Hopefully this public discrimination can bring about some change.