Apparently transgender model and YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous has lived in a cave since birth and just found out that the Middle East isn’t exactly LGBT friendly.
According to her posts on Instagram, the 22-year-old Canadian was detained for 5 hours in Dubai once the border agents discovered she was 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?
She’s also finds it “disappointing that such a beautiful city has such a backwards way of thinking”:
Since she’s a professional YouTuber, she added a video of her ordeal:
Homosexuality is — duh! — a crime in Dubai and gay travelers are warned to take precautions. From USA Today:
Gay and lesbian travelers, both singles and couples, should be aware that Dubai’s gay scene is largely underground, as homosexuality is viewed as a crime, and the city’s Criminal Investigation Division exerts considerable effort to seek out same-sex events and arrest participants. As such, gay and lesbian travelers should take appropriate precautions.
She’s lucky they just detained her.
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