About Charles Alexander

So far Charles Alexander has written 784 articles.

Three Days to Consider

By |2021-10-01T13:24:35-04:00October 1st, 2021|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Monday, Oct. 11 offers three choices: LGBTQ+ celebration, Native American reconsideration, and some conflict of interest to Chris Columbus 1492 believers. As everyone knows, this date marks National Coming Out Day (and the Pride Source [...]

OZ Updated

By |2021-07-23T16:49:04-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Parting Glances|

Somewhere over the rainbow in the fabled Land of OZ there were rumors circulating like chatterbox whirlwinds that the latest, newly appointed Wizard of OZ is transgender. It wasn’t a sure thing who was responsible [...]

A Reminder for April 17

By |2021-03-23T10:52:05-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Opinions, Viewpoints|

Stonewall! Stonewall! STONEWALL! Say it loud. Say it proud. It’s without doubt to our LGBTQ+ conviction and consensus — and that of the so-called heterosexual community — the single most important event leading to our [...]

Shots and Shutdown

By |2021-03-03T13:33:01-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Opinions, Parting Glances|

I received my first COVID-19 vaccination shot last week. My second right-arm shot is scheduled for March 11. Among 300 seniors inoculated in a well-coordinated system at Dearborn’s Henry Ford Village, I was number 13. [...]

700 PGs later

By |2021-01-14T11:37:02-05:00January 14th, 2021|Opinions, Parting Glances|

I started writing my Parting Glances column in 1999. Its premise was simple enough: choose an important LGB — and occasionally T — historical event that actually changed things for us, or challenged us to [...]

Parting Glances: A CT Black History Remembrance

By |2020-02-19T15:46:10-05:00February 19th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As an emerging gay teenager, I attended Cass Technical High School where I was fortunate to soon discover there were others like myself in the process of coming out. Although back then there was no such thing as coming out, there was, however signaling — by dropping verbal hairpins — and exhibiting tell-tale touches of creative flamboyance.

Parting Glances: Dopplegangers, Big 10 and Me

By |2020-02-05T15:00:01-05:00February 5th, 2020|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As a recent resident of the Henry Ford Senior Retirement Village Community, consisting of some 800 units — I live in Berkshire Gardens — I have had some interesting, shall we say, metaphysical, perhaps psychic experiences. At separate dinner times, for starters, I've encountered three fellow diners — the food served at the St. Clair and Windows restaurants is excellent and varied — who are double takes for friends I have known for some time.

Artist’s Statement

By |2019-09-11T14:33:20-04:00September 11th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

There is little conscious planning as I create my art. I work intuitively and rather quickly. I start with a geometric shape, a humorous or serious doodle, a fluid symbol fished from my subconscious, a newly minted hieroglyph or alphabet, sometimes a line expressive of energy and movement, and I proceed from there.

Parting Glances: Looking Bassakwards

By |2019-06-19T14:59:37-04:00June 19th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

As a teenager I learned the lay of the land from word-of-mouth sharing from those who had navigated Detroit's watering holes years before me. I did however once venture - daringly - on my own into the Greyhound Bus Depot to check out noonday comings and goings. I was cautious. I had been forewarned.

A Slogan Come True Big Time!

By |2019-06-05T15:12:24-04:00June 5th, 2019|Opinions, Parting Glances|

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.