"For where I chose to live? Not to my face in a way that I've ever taken as legitimate. I grew in Santa Monica, CA during a time where it was a capital of both interracial and gay relationships. I'm not a product of either such relationships, but I grew up among a lot of different people who were. Coming from that environment, but also growing up in church in a traditionally "black area" of Los Angeles has allowed me to be comfortable in nearly any environment. I never feel like I don't belong in a space I choose to go. Though that isn't to say I always feel at home in such spaces."
"I've certainly had a lot of, "you're not what I thought you'd be like" from both people of color and "white people." I've never understood statements like that. Why are people expecting anyone they don't know to be a certain way? It's arrogant. You didn't make the world. Just show up and see what happens. Don't expect anything from me if we don't know each other. That being said, I'm first generation and so my parents aren't from the United States and they're both not even from the same continent. So I recognize my history is not exactly the same as a black american who has several generations here."