Having open and honest conversations with your loved ones about your feelings may open the door to a better relationship moving forward.

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In 1980, 6.7 percent of marriages were interracial. The concern for many parents seems to be whether the couple will face more challenges as a result of marrying outside of their race. We all have a friend whose parents were upset when they dated outside their race, and we all know a couple or two whose in-laws don’t like them simply because of their race or nationality.

Yet our teens, two generations ahead of our parents, are probably the most open-minded when it comes to race.

Of course, approval and support from families can mean a lot, too.

Talking with your partner might help you formulate some ways to broach the subject with your parents.

You might start by saying what you said here, that it shouldn't matter what color his skin is, because you love him, but that sometimes you feel like people react strangely when you're together.

Likely he has noticed this, and the two of you can strategize, together, how you want to deal with it.

You may also want to talk, at least at first, without your boyfriend present.