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Lived Through This

Moments when ‘everything’s going to be ok’ isn’t true

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Lived Through This

Sometimes our bodies are best left alone

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Lived Through This

We all need a witness, even in our darkest moments

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Lived Through This

Photographing a year in quarantine

My daughter drawing rainbows in the window in March 2021 to cheer up neighbors during the lockdown. Photos: Rebecca Tien


Lived Through This

Their choice to hide my biology has forever altered how I see myself

Blurry black and white image of a person walking holding an umbrella with some bare trees.
Blurry black and white image of a person walking holding an umbrella with some bare trees.
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Lived Through This

Or, why I grew up thinking all adults are miserable

A person walking toward the right side of the pic against a colorful, motion-blurred background.
A person walking toward the right side of the pic against a colorful, motion-blurred background.
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Lived Through This

My life as ‘the other Don Johnson’ in 1980s Miami

Vintage photo of a light-skinned man with brown hair, wearing aviator shades, a leather jacket, and a polo t-shirt, standing in front of a palm tree and the ocean.
Vintage photo of a light-skinned man with brown hair, wearing aviator shades, a leather jacket, and a polo t-shirt, standing in front of a palm tree and the ocean.
The author. Photo: P. Giantonio


Lived Through This

I felt nothing. So I headed to my desk for another busy day of browsing online sales and waiting to die.

A folded “Female equals future” shirt, jeans with a phone in the back pocket, white canvas shoes, nail polish, and an iPad.
A folded “Female equals future” shirt, jeans with a phone in the back pocket, white canvas shoes, nail polish, and an iPad.
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Lived Through This

No matter what, the Universe is looking out for you

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Lived Through This

Just down the road from where I grew up, they trained to kill Osama Bin Laden

A sign on a wire fence that says “DANGER KEEP OUT.”
A sign on a wire fence that says “DANGER KEEP OUT.”
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