Penner self-identified as transsexual in a column; soon afterward he returned from a vacation writing with the name Christine Daniels. Inhe resumed his male identity and nameand inhe died by suicide. Penner began his journalism career at the Anaheim Bulletin as a writer and sports editor.
Jump to navigation. Such sad news today: veteran Los Angeles Times sportswriter Christine Daniels was found dead today in her home. Suicide is the suspected cause.
In the very heteronormative sports section of a national newspaper, here we had editors actually encouraging Penner to tell her transgender story to readers, risks be damned. And not only did the Times support Penner, both publicly and privately, it managed to keep him on staff as round after round of layoffs shrunk the newsroom. That downfall, of course, included Penner taking his own life in November.
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His transformation into Christine Daniels, is on left. Credit: Gawker. After the death of Mike Penner also known publicly as Christine Daniels for about a year this weekend, the issue has come up again in how different newspapers and magazines have chosen to eulogize the former Los Angeles Times sports writerwho came out as transgender and changed his name and public persona to female in —becoming Christine Daniels—but went back to writing as Mike Penner in
Colleagues said Saturday that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death. He was InPenner made headlines by announcing in a column that he planned to live life as a woman named Christine Daniels.
Christine had the eyes all the girls wanted, translucent turquoise marbles fringed by strawberry blond lashes. And the smile. Wide and natural, but somehow coy and elusive, too. You could work for years and not get that right.
The Times said Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and the cause of death was believed to be suicide. He had returned to using the name Mike Penner and was a columnist for the newspaper at the time of his death. A Times spokeswoman said she did not know the exact day he died.