Gigi Gorgeous has called for change after experiencing "one of the scariest moments of [her] entire life."
On Wednesday, the Canadian model and actress posted an emotional Instagram photo and shared her scary experience of being detained at Dubai Airport because she is transgender.
After being detained and held at the Dubai airport for over 5 hours, this was the moment my baby came to rescue me. 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💋
The 24-year-old, who documented her transition on YouTube, was reportedly held at the immigration and visa office for five hours. According to TMZ, who spoke to Gigi, it was there the Montreal-born vlogger was told "You are transgender. You cannot come into the country."
In Dubai, which is part of the Muslim majority nation of the United Arab Emirates, the "imitation of women by men" is illegal and can lead to a year in prison, according to Time.
Born Gregory Lazzarato, Gorgeous changed her name to Gigi Loren in 2014. Airport authorities claimed the star's passport described her as a male and the photo also showed her as a male. However, Gigi is denying this saying she has updated her passport since her transition. In 2014, two Brazilian transgender women were detained at the Dubai Airport and had their passports confiscated.
"How you can be denied entry somewhere just because of who you are is seriously disgusting and also very scary," the television personality wrote on Instagram. "This further proves the need for CHANGE."
Fans flooded Twitter with supportive messages for the transgender beauty:
The ignorance is staggering and sickening. @TheGigiGorgeous I'm with you and so is anyone with half a fxcking brain. Hope you're safe ✖️❤️— ALLIE X (@alliex) August 10, 2016
Gigi Gorgeous has been detained in Dubai for being trans. Her passport has been taken. It's 2016 and this is happening #JusticeForGigi— gustavo (@RamsettPark) August 10, 2016
Even superstar Miley Cyrus reposted the pic of Gigi to show her support.
After the ordeal, Gigi was met by Nats Getty and notified her fans that she was "now on [her] way to somewhere much more accepting."
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