LA Times Sportswriter makes a big change.

Holy crap. Way to go Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. Who knew I’d ever read something from a sportswriter in the LA Times that was so moving?

Today I leave for a few weeks’ vacation, and when I return, I will come back in yet another incarnation.

As Christine.

I am a transsexual sportswriter. It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words. I realize many readers and colleagues and friends will be shocked to read them.

Is it inappropriate to say that it takes balls to write something like this? Maybe it is, regardless, it’s a pretty astonishing and impressive admission in a hugely public forum. Here’s wishing luck to Christine when she gets back from vacation and back to sportswriting it up.

7 thoughts on “LA Times Sportswriter makes a big change.”

  1. it’s a big admission for a dude to make in the paper. why not give some encouragement?

  2. I opened the sports page today, expecting the ususual from the LA Times folks– one of the best daily sports pages around, on all levels,for as long as I have been a sports fan.

    And then I read Mike Penner’s/Christine Daniels’ First Person column regarding his/her road taken to accepting/announcing the inevitable road to be taken by confessing and living, such a life-altering way to be.

    I’ve read Mike Penner since I was in college; and I am sure as all hell that Christine Daniels will not lose one journalistic step when she picks up the baton and runs with it a few weeks from now– and I would fucking hope beyond hope that those who always depended on Mike Penner will smilarly pay heed to the words of Christine Daniels…

    If not, we all totally fucking lose. Some of the rest of you may just wanna chuck out Mike Penner/Christine Daniels– and whatta fucking shame….

    Class and conviction were always hallmarks of the works of Mike Penner. This places a huge weight on the shoulders of Christine Daniels.

    And only a fool would bet against her.

    chris checkman, L.A.

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