In 2007 Los Angeles Times sports writer Mike Penner announced in his column that after a vacation, he would be returning to work as Christine Daniels, a transition that was met with surprising support from the sports world and Penner’s colleagues. But in a decision commonly called “transgender regret,” Penner revealed in February of this year that he was now once again Mike. Today the LA Times reports that Penner has committed suicide.
Colleagues said today that Penner was found dead at his Los Angeles home and that suicide was the suspected cause of death. He was 52. “He was one of the most talented writers I’ve ever worked with,” said Times Sports Editor Mike James, adding that Penner covered numerous beats including the National Football League and sports media during his more than two-decade-long career at the paper. “He was a gentle man, a kind man,” James said. “It’s just a tragedy.”
I imagine that the enemies of transgender rights will now attempt to spin Penner’s tragic end into some kind of “proof” that all trans people are suicidal or mentally ill.
(Via – LGBT POV)