Male Sportswriter Switches Teams

Intrepid L.A. Times scribe describes his decision to change genders; promises he will still like football
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2007 4:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – A veteran Los Angeles Times sports columnist has announced to his readers that he's becoming a she. In lieu of his customary Mighty Ducks deconstruction, Mike Penner penned a poignant account of his lost overtime battle with his inner woman, and his ultimate decision to undergo a operation that will render him Christine Danner.

Mike/Christine had, not unexpectedly, a struggle with transexualism slightly more turgid with mixed sports metaphors than most. "I went more than 40 hard rounds with it," he writes. "Eventually, though, you realize you are only fighting yourself and your happiness and your mental health—a no-win situation any way you look at it."