Rest in peace, Mike Penner. The L.A. Times reported the sports writer died, apparently a suicide, this week, at age 52. Penner came out as trans at the Times in 2007, and began writing under the byline “Christine Daniels.” But this life was too hard, and she returned to being Mike Penner in 2008.
I met Christine in Atlanta in 2007, and she was dignified, gentle, sweet, and gracious. I was so impressed by her. She was a really good writer, too. When I heard the news today, I thought of the closing lines of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web: “It is seldom that someone comes along who is a true friend and a great writer. Charlotte was both.”
I’ll miss her.