Trans men mocked and denied entry to Egypt by border guards because they ‘do not look female’

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5/8/21

Or Mizan and Titi Katan, both from Haifa, Israel, were travelling to Egypt for a five-day holiday in the Ras a-Satan resort in the Sinai peninsula when they were stopped at the border, according to The Times of Israel. At the border, guards took issue with Mizan and Katan’s passports, which incorrectly identify them as female. “Every now and then an officer comes by, talks to someone on the phone, looks at us, laughs and walks away,” the men told Israel’s Channel 12 on Thursday (6 May). “They say we do not look female and because of that, they are not willing to let us in. We were shocked, we tried to explain that there is no problem with it all over the world, but they took the passports for inspection and looked at the pictures as if we were wanted. “It is a terrible feeling, we just wanted a holiday,” the men added. It is not yet clear if Mizan and Katan were ultimately allowed to enter Egypt or if they were ordered to return to Israel.

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