By Asmae Bahadi
By Asmae Bahadi
Rabat – Giselle “Gigi” Loren Lazzarto, also known as Gigi Gorgeous on YouTube, who identifies as a transgender woman, was stopped from entering the United Arab Emirates by airport authorities and detained for 5 hours to check her identity.
According to TMZ, the 24-year-old Canadian model and makeup artist, an immigration official at the airport stated, “I was told you are a transgender person . . . . You cannot come into the country.”
Airport officials asserted that her passport picture is not new, looks different than she does, and that it doesn’t show her identity as a female. However, Lazzarto insisted, on the blog that she posted on her YouTube channel as she was documenting the incident, that her picture is up to date and that the name on her passport is Gigi Loren.
Lazzarto became a sensation and an inspirational personality on YouTube for the LGBT community and especially the transgender community by documenting her transition and her life before and after. She was born on April 20, 1986, as Gregory Allan Lazzarto, and on 2014 she updated and renewed all her official papers.
“Yesterday was one of the scariest moments of my entire life and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone,” Lazzarto said.
“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,” she explained on Instagram.
“I am now on my way to somewhere much more accepting. Safe and sound and happy,” She reassured her fans when she arrived in Sweden.
Perez Hilton, known for his support to the LGBT community, said in a tweet: “Let this serve as a warning to all LGBT people: stay away from Dubai.”
According to Advocate, “this isn’t the first time Dubai has caught international attention for allegedly mistreating transgender women traveling through the United Arab Emirates.”
“In late 2014, two Brazilian transgender women were detained in Dubai for two days, charged with ‘indecent acts,’ which includes a ban on ‘men imitating women.’ Law enforcement officials reportedly confiscated the women’s passports, and refused to return them until the women appeared in court to address the charges more than four months after they were initially arrested,” stated by the same source.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers