Becoming Nicole

by

Amy Ellis Nutt

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Christine Daniels/Mike Penner Character Analysis

A trans woman who lived most of her life as a man by the name of Mike Penner. Penner was a veteran sports journalist at the Los Angeles Times when he announced that he was a transgender woman, rechristening himself as Christine Daniels. Unfortunately, Christine’s transition was openly mocked by other journalists and she became extremely depressed, to the point where she reverted to her male identity and commited suicide.
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Christine Daniels/Mike Penner Character Timeline in Becoming Nicole

The timeline below shows where the character Christine Daniels/Mike Penner appears in Becoming Nicole. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14: The Xs and Ys of Sex
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...announced that he would be leaving for a few weeks’ vacation and would return as Christine Daniels. He confessed to his readers that he was “transsexual.” (full context)
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Discrimination, Advocacy, and Pride Theme Icon
Although Christine’s public declaration was liberating, the adoption of a life as a woman was difficult. After... (full context)
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Later, Christine agreed to do a story about her transition with Vanity Fair magazine. But when the... (full context)