Steve Friess pens a 7,000-word piece on the late LA Times sports columnist Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. The headline calls it a tragic love story. It just makes your heart ache. Friess attempts to explain what happen to Penner and why after living as a woman for a year, he/she went back to living as a man and then ended his life.
On July 19, 2007, after weeks of placing the legally required notices in local newspapers announcing the intent to change names, Michael Daniel Penner became Christine Michelle Daniels, as decreed by the Superior Court of California. The origin of most of that name is obvious: Michael begat Michelle, Daniel begat Daniels. Christine was an homage to Christine Jorgensen, the World War II veteran famous for having had what is believed to be the first male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery.
Read the whole piece here.
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