This is absolutely disgusting. Gigi Gorgeous, a YouTube star and makeup artist, was detained at the airport in Dubai on Aug. 8 simply because she is transgender, and she’s taken to Instagram to break her silence on the horrifying situation. Read her powerful message here.
“After being detained and held at the Dubai airport for over 5 hours, this was the moment my baby came to rescue me,” Gigi Gorgeous, 24, wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her hugging her friend, Nats Getty. “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 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.”
Gigi was born as a male named Gregory Lazzarato, but came out as a transgender woman in Dec. 2013. She legally changed her name to Gigi Loren in March 2014, which she says is the name on her passport, according to TMZ. However, police at the airport claim she’s listed and pictured as a male on the passport, which Gigi tells the site is “simply not true.”
The 24-year-old got her start as a makeup artist on YouTube, when she was still living as a homosexual male. She famously documented her transition on social media and has since become a huge advocate for the LGBT community, and has done tons of work with Miley Cyrus‘ Happy Hippie Foundation. Like Gigi, we are beyond disgusted by what went down in the Dubai airport, and hope her message helps incite some change.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of Gigi being detained in Dubai? How do you think she handled the situation?