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Dubai Airport Officials Detained Gigi Gorgeous Because She's Trans, and We Need to Talk About It

Dubai Airport Officials Detained Gigi Gorgeous Because She's Trans

Dubai Airport Officials Detained Gigi Gorgeous Because She's Trans

This just can't be ignored.


Photo: Instagram (@gigigorgeous)

Last night, vlogger and model Gigi Gorgeous was held at Dubai International Airport by immigration officers. Why? Because they denied that her gender is legitimate, saying that, despite Gigi’s insistence that this is not at all the case, the gender on her passport doesn’t agree with how she presents. According to reports from TMZ (if you click over, TW for transphobic language), the “imitation of women by men” is illegal in Dubai, and violators face up to a year in jail.

Nothing about this is okay.

On Monday, she posted about her excitement for the trip on Instagram.


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

A photo posted by GIGI GORGEOUS (@gigigorgeous) on

Set to soon star in her own documentary, the vlogger has been extremely open about her transition, and it’s horrifying to see yet another trans woman dealing with huge structural injustices like this one. It’s very concerning that Gigi is saying her passport has been updated to reflect her gender, and not what she was assigned at birth, and yet she’s being detained. So what, then, is the reason for her detainment?

Fans are pissed, and terrified.

But this isn’t only an issue abroad. 

Before we turn this into an issue that happens "out there," we have to recognize the ways our own country fails trans travelers. Shadi Petosky, an American trans woman, opened up about how she was forced to miss a flight when an Orlando airport decided something about her body seemed “strange.” Too, the TSA in general has been criticized for policies that mark trans bodies as anomalies and cause everything from missed flights to embarrassment to trauma.

Luckily, Gigi was released.


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