I was sad to hear that Los Angeles Times reporter Christine Daniels died this weekend. Daniels, who was a revered sportswriter previously known as Mike Penner, bravely came out in a 2007 Los Angeles Times column about his transition from man to woman. He wrote:
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. I realize many readers and colleagues and friends will be shocked to read them.
Unfortunately, her death is most likely a suicide. Whether this tragic ending had anything to do with Daniels reverting to her Mike Penner by-line last year hasn't been reported. But here's a nice remembrance by Ina Fried on the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist's Association blog.
I may get some flack for using the feminine pronoun but whether you choose to remember this reporter as a male or a female, good writing always speaks for itself.