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Transgender Sportswriter Surprised by Tolerance

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Posted on May 14, 2007

One would think the sports world would be the last place a transgender person could happily transition from one sex to another, but to Christine Daniels’ surprise, the opposite has been true. Daniels tells Newsweek about the fallout—or lack thereof—from her decision to stop being Mike Penner, a popular sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and resume her career with confidence, a new wardrobe and no writer’s block.


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Christine Daniels is the Los Angeles Times’s newest sports columnist. Well, she’s not exactly new. As Mike Penner, she joined the Times 23 years ago to write about sports and became one of the paper’s most respected columnists. But on April 26, Daniels told readers that Mike Penner was going on vacation and would return as Christine Daniels. She’s not back on the job yet, but Daniels is currently writing about her new self in the “Woman in Progress” blog for the Times’s Web site. She granted one of very few interviews to NEWSWEEK’s Lorraine Ali.

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By vet240, May 14, 2007 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment
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Perhaps civilization is advancing.

Perhaps we have enough knowledge now to realize that human genetics are such that any number of combinations are possible and none of us can take credit for the color of our skin or even our sexual identity.

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