Thursday, August 2

Courtside view of gender politics

On April 26, Mike Penner wrote what he thought would be the toughest article of his career. "I am a transsexual sportswriter. It has taken more than 40 years, a million tears and hundreds of hours of soul-wrenching therapy for me to work up the courage to type those words." The piece ran in the Sports section, next to his regular column.

Michael Daniel Penner returned to work on May 23 as Christine Michelle Daniels. So far, it appears to be smooth sailing. But Daniels' very public transition has put a spotlight on a culture that is slow to acknowledge, let alone attempt to rehabilitate its ingrained intolerance and bigotry.

LINK: AlterNet

1 comment:

Lucy said...

Go Christine Michelle Danielles, Go! That's probably the hardest play she'll make in her life. I hope more and more people can become comfortable enough to publically transition, but for now, it is one of those groundbreaking feats of courage. Well done.