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‘I just want to be me’: Being transgender in Lebanon

Despite the negativity surrounding the transgender community in Lebanon, social media influencer Gigi tries to use her online fame as a means to help other transgender individuals to express themselves.

Gigi is a 21-year-old transgender woman from Beirut who works as a social media influencer through her YouTube page and other social media accounts. Growing up, she faced many challenges, especially in school because of her more feminine appearance.

“I found it really hard,” she told Al-Monitor, “especially in school because I was bullied, and I was always told that I should act more manly because I was very feminine.”

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