Transgender denied entry into UAE because passport identifies as a man

A transgender Thai model says she was denied entry into the United Arab Emirates because her passport identifies her as a man.

Rachaya Noppakaroon detailed the “nightmare” she endured last week along with her team of 14 people as they tried to get to Expo 2020 Dubai, where she was set to appear at a Muay Thai demonstration.

“They told me that they will send me back to Thailand,” Noppakaroon recalled in a lengthy Facebook post Wednesday. “The reason is because I’m a woman but I’m a man.”

Noppakaroon said her visit to the world fair was scuttled at Dubai International Airport despite possessing all the necessary travel documents — including her passport, visa and proof of vaccination.

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