Christina Kahrl (previously known as Chris Kahrl) is one of the co-founders of Baseball Prospectus. She is the former executive editor of the think tank's website, BaseballProspectus.com, the former managing editor for their annual publication, and is currently writing and editing for ESPN.com. She is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Kahrl is an activist on civil rights issues for the transgender community in her hometown of Chicago and a member of the Equality Illinois board of directors. The story of her publicly coming out as a transsexual sportswriter in 2003 was part of a GLAAD award-nominated segment entitled "Transitions" on HBO's Real Sports that aired in 2010.
Kahrl graduated from El Camino High School in Sacramento, California in 1985. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1990, with a concentration in Modern European History and a minor concentration in Ancient History. She was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In 2000 she earned an MA in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.
From 2000 to 2005, Kahrl was employed as an acquisitions editor at Brassey's Sports (US), a mid-list publisher that focused on sports history and analysis.
After the launch of BaseballProspectus.com in 1996, of which she was a founding member, she contributed a regular column entitled "Transaction Analysis," listing and analyzing the transactions (player trades, contract signings, promotions and demotions) by all Major League Baseball teams for the site. In 2011, she kicked off a new standalone opinion and argument column for the site entitled "Purpose Pitches." She was a co-editor of nine of the Baseball Prospectus annual volumes of baseball statistics and analysis.
In 2008, Kahrl was accepted as a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and thus became eligible to vote on Major League Baseball post-season awards and nominees for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She voted for the American League Rookie of the Year in 2009 and for the National League Manager of the Year in 2010. Reflecting on the meaning of her election, Kahrl wrote, "While I expect to still write about transactions, I really want to try and breathe new life back into the game story as an art form, and perhaps in my conceit try to take pages from Runyon and Lardner and Pete Palmer and Keith Woolner to provide something old and something new, all at once."
In April 2011, Kahrl announced that she would be joining ESPN.com to write and edit, teaming up with David Schoenfield in penning the "SweetSpot" blog, which provides a sabermetrics-driven analysis on the goings-on in baseball.
Since 2007, Kahrl has been active in the LGBT community, helping out with transgender programming at the Center on Halsted, running the support group and adding a seminar series and an open mic night to its programming, as well as speaking about activist efforts in the area. She has spoken to local student groups and on college campuses about acceptance of transgender people in society and in sports, and on transgender issues. She is a member of the board of Illinois Gender Advocates (IGA), and co-chair of IGA's action committee.
As an activist and board member for Equality Illinois, Kahrl has been actively involved in an effort to curb police harassment of transgender Chicagoans, and has helped launch the Trans-Friendly Bathroom Initiative with fellow activists from Genderqueer Chicago. She has also helped organize the public observation of Transgender Day of Remembrance in Chicago. She has also discussed the nature of transsexuality at the Chicago History Museum, stating, "You have to explain to people that, no, this (being transsexual) does not mean that you are supergay, although it's sweet of you to say so. Forging acceptance in the face of inevitable confusion and concern is the diplomatic mission of a lifetime, for each and every transsexual." On November 8, 2013 it was announced that she had been named to GLAAD's Board of Directors.
- Kahrl, Christina. "Changing Teams," BaseballProspectus.com, April 26, 2007.
- Dave McKenna, "Baseball Columnist Switches Gender, Keeps Career," Washington City Paper, August 26-September 1, 2005.
- The GLAAD Awards: Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine GLAAD.org
- Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Episode 156 Synopsis HBO.com
- Cox, Ted (2008-03-20). "Here's a baseball guidebook with more than predictions". Chicago Daily Herald.
- "Christina Kahrl - Penguin Books USA". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- Kahrl, Christina. "Purpose Pitches" archive, BaseballProspectus.com
- For a list, see Baseball Prospectus.
- Kahrl, Christina. "Voting for Real: AL Rookie of the Year," BaseballProspectus.com, 16 November 2009
- Kahrl, Christina. "Voting for Real: The NL Manager of the Year Award," BaseballProspectus.com, 18 November 2010
- King Kaufman, "BBWAA Votes in Prospectus, Neyer, Law," Salon.com, December 11, 2008.
- Kahrl, Christina, "Purpose Pitches: A New Delivery," BaseballProspectus.com, 1 April 2011
- "Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- Center on Halsted.
- Medill News.
- "EqualityIllinois.org". EqualityIllinois.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- The T-Friendly Bathroom Initiative, T-Friendly Bathrooms Wiki
- Barlow, Gary. "New initiative highlights T-friendly businesses, Gay Chicago Magazine, 20 February 2011
- Kahrl, Christina. "Sexicon" speech text, Facebook.com, 2 February 2011
- "Meet GLAAD's new board co-chairs!". Glaad.org. 2013-11-08. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Christina Kahrl Archive, New York Sun.
- Bezalel, Ronit (January 25, 2007). "Trans editor of 'Baseball Prospectus' tells her story". Outsports (SB Nation). Retrieved May 18, 2015.