I was always under the impression that being mixed meant that I was “less” of a person of colour. That because I was half white I couldn’t lay claim to the part of me that wasn’t white, which is the only part of me that other people seem to see. I’ve since gotten the chance to grow and mature and realize that my identity is mine. No-one else can tell me what I can and can’t do, who I am or who I’m not. I can be strong but that doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice who I am or the ways I was raised to fit into a societal box. I love being pan and I love being mixed.

-Karissa, Biracial Pansexual Woman