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YouTube star denied entry to Dubai for being transgender

Dubai officials held the YouTuber for five hours.


Rae Votta


Posted on Aug 10, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 7:17 am CDT

Gigi Gorgeous was detained for five hours in Dubai because she is transgender, according to the YouTube star’s social media posts. 

While it’s unclear why the lifestyle vlogger was headed to the region, according to TMZ, Gorgeous, who was born Gregory Lazzarato, said her passport was changed to reflect her gender identity, but Dubai officials disagreed. 


Gorgeous told her fans she’s now somewhere “much more accepting.”

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*First Published: Aug 10, 2016, 8:12 am CDT