YouTube star denied entry to Dubai for being transgender

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. 

Fans reacted swiftly to the news.

After being held and separated from her passport, Gorgeous described the experiences as “one of the scariest moments” in her entire life. Just the day before, Gorgeous had Instagrammed about being somewhere “dope” soon, presumably Dubai.

Where’s somewhere you dream of traveling? I’ll be on a plane somewhere DOPE soon🙆🏼

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

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

Rae Votta

Rae Votta

A former YouTube reporter for the Daily Dot, Rae Votta has more than a decade of experience in the digital and entertainment industries. Her work has appeared on AOL, Huffington Post, Out Magazine, Logo, VH1, Current TV, Billboard, and NYMag. She joined Netflix in 2016.