A writer’s transformation makes the personal public

Mike Penner’s account of becoming Christine Daniels liberates the columnist and strikes a chord with readers.

By JAMES RAINEY
Los Angeles Times

April 28, 2007 – The Scrooge Report Post

The security guard in the lobby of the Los Angeles Times couldn’t help but ask the question. When he looked at the computer in front of him earlier this week, he saw the picture of a strapping blond man. The screen identified the employee: “Michael Penner, Editorial.”

But the person flashing the ID was a tall woman, with long, strawberry blond hair. “Ma’am, whose card are you using?” the guard asked. The subject moved closer to answer quietly: “I’m Mike Penner and I’m a transitioning transsexual.”

With that, security waved Penner into the newspaper where he has worked for 23 years, one of many hurdles the veteran sportswriter will be crossing in the coming weeks as he transforms into Christine Daniels.

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Old Mike, new Christine

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