I sat next to a boy in science class. He was funny and smart. And he was black. I am not. We started "going together." I was nervous and excited. This was me. I liked a boy. He liked me. Seemed simple. Until it wasn't.
Holidays are stressful enough without factoring in the many cultural codes and nuanced personal preferences. Having been a guest at some very awkward holiday gatherings, I've composed a list of DOs and DON'TS to consider when crossing cultural lines this season.