It’s essential to be aware of these harrowing statistics, but it’s even more essential to consider how society can collectively unite to unpick and subsequently dismantle this climate of hatred. According to Farideh Arbanian, a New York-based model currently studying for an MA in Fashion Studies, education is the answer. “Hatred in most cases is simply rooted in ignorance,” she explains. “Using education as a defense mechanism or a mediating tool in less-than-ideal situations of discrimination or harassment is important: information is power. If our responses to these events are rooted in violence, we perpetuate the misconstrued ideas that exist around people like us, who choose to live true to their authentic sexual and gender identities.”

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