COLUMNIST - LAT’S DANIELS “NOT AN ATTRACTIVE WOMAN“: Last Sunday was a landmark coming out party for a sports figure at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. No, not David Beckham. Try Christine Daniels (formerly Mike Penner), transvestite sports writer for the LOSS ANGELES TIMES.
Daniels covered her first in-person event since making the decision to publicly change gender three months ago.
Daniels describes the scene: “(David Beckham) arrived wearing a silver-gray Burberry suit, surrounded by a phalanx of assistants and yes-people…I arrived wearing a golden-hued top from Ross and a multi-colored paisley skirt from Ames and a pair of open-toed tan heels from Aerosoles, surrounded by nobody…
“It was a big deal for me because I’d waited more than 25 years for this moment, dreaming about how it might play out if it ever came to be, if and when and fingers tightly crossed.”
SAN BERNARDINO SUN columnist Paul Oberjuerge was on the scene to give an in-person account: “It seemed almost as we’re all going along with someone’s dress-up role playing.
“I hate to be judgmental about these things, but Christine is not an attractive woman. Which probably isn’t a surprise when you’re 50 and have spent your in-the-world life as a fairly drab guy. Who has a fairly prominent Adam’s apple (not all of us do) … Who also isn’t exactly petite. Maybe 6-1, 200?
“So … she looks like a guy in a dress, pretty much. Except anyone paying any attention isn’t going to be fooled — as some people are by veteran transvestites.
“The thing is, and maybe this is cruel, but there were women in that room who were born women in body as well as soul. And the difference between them and Christine was, in my mind, fairly stark.“