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By / 04.26.07

Mike Penner, who has been a sports reporter for the LA Times for 23 years, has something he wants to tell you.  I don't want to ruin the surprise, but the column is called "Old Mike, New Christine."

Today I leave for a few weeks' vacation, and when I return, I will come back in yet another incarnation. 

As Christine.

Yes, Penner is transgendered, and he's off for some surgery and hormone therapy that will make his body fall in step with the way his brain operates.  Needless to say, in the male-dominated world of sports journalism, this makes him a total freak pioneer.  Honestly, though, I have to give him (her?) credit for the bravery of the piece, and I don't envy the task of being the chick reporter who used to be a dude.  Like, chick reporters have it hard enough in sports already.  

So, Mike, good luck.  I hope the Adventures of New Christine are better than that shitty show with Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  And remember to keep detailed journals over the next couple of years, because all the persecution you face will be totally worth it when you cash in on a tell-all memoir.


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