A self-described "trans-girl" also praised Daniels. "I too fought that fight. Managed 24 rounds, toe to toe, but I tossed in the towel," the reader said. "Four years later, the only thing I ask is why did I wait so long? Best of luck to you."
"It's a pity you couldn't get the substantive therapy you needed," said one. "There's nothing 'natural' about what you describe, and the fact that your DNA doesn't change is proof."
A posting on the website sportsjournalists.com also questioned The Times' handling of the revelation. The writer called the column "self important" and said, "If he wants to unburden himself, the sports pages of the LA Times isn't the place to do it."
Times Managing Editor Douglas Frantz called Daniels a "valued member" of the Sports staff and said he expected her to continue with the paper "for many more years."
"We thought it best to inform our readers, particularly those who read the Sports section, that the byline would change," Frantz said. "We also wanted to give Christine the opportunity to explain this decision on her own terms, and the Sports section was the logical place to do that."
After a largely sleepless night before publication of the story, Daniels had prepared to have a friend screen her e-mails. But by day's end, Daniels said she had received only two negative responses out of 538 e-mails.
Longtime friend and co-worker Chris Foster, who covers UCLA football, said the positive response was "a reflection of someone who is very well liked and who is always willing to help. Why would you treat them different when they are the same deep down?"
Another friend, author and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan, e-mailed the "new Christine" from Washington: "You have many friends in this business, and that certainly will not change. I'm proud to be one of them."
Daniels responded with thanks and asked whether she would now be welcome in the Assn. of Women in Sports Media.
Daniels said she planned to spend a good share of her time off shopping for new clothes before her return to work. She also will get a new Times identification badge.
"I am trying to get my ID congruent," she said, "at the same time I get myself congruent."