Unless he is migrating from one place to another, Charlie sits on a folding stool next to his shopping cart on an oriental rug and is usually listening to music and reading. The music is never loud, and sometimes he uses earphones. Perhaps due to his experience in the military, Charlie never has more than he can carry in one shopping cart, and he only unpacks what he currently is using—mainly his stool, rug and music player. When he needs to move, he just packs up these few items and is ready to go.

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Charlie Morales. Photo by Joseph Johnston.

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Joseph Johnston

When I walk out of the house, I only need to walk a block to encounter someone living on the street. Perhaps, in part, because I am a pre-Stonewall gay man, I have always had a special place in my heart...

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  1. I’ve greeted him many times on the street, for years, and he never once greeted me back. So now I just walk by.

  2. thank you for this- it’s a beautiful portrait of a man I also see often in the area…i appreciate MissionLoc@l honoring those living in the street and giving “voice to the voiceless” (or more accurately, a platform in the news media to honor those often left out).

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