7Mike Penner/Christine Daniels


Once quiet, reflective journalist Mike Penner became the outgoing and outspoken Christine Daniels. After sports writer Mike Penner penned the article “Old Mike, New Christine” for the Los Angeles Times, he became an instant celebrity.

The new Christine was given a megaphone and became an advocate for transsexuals everywhere. She was

seen as a symbol of courage for coming out so boldly and publicly.

A year after the big headline, Penner replaced Daniels without so much as a word of explanation for why he had reclaimed his male identity.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end well, a year after transitioning back to being a man, he committed suicide believed to be due to issues of transitioning that were not addressed and were compounded by his detransitioning.

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