This story is very confusing, so read slowly. An ABC News editor who claimed to be a female trapped in a male’s body now says he was mistaken. Don Ennis lived his life as a female for three months. He split from his wife of 17 years and asked his ABC News colleagues to refer to him as Dawn.
But now, according to a report in the NY Post, Ennis suffered from a 2-day bout of amnesia that made him realize he wants to live life as a man again.
Ennis explained his decision in an email to his ABC colleagues. In the email, obtained by the website Newsblues.com, Ennis said “I am writing to let you know I’m changing my name . . . to Don Ennis. That will be my name again, now and forever. And it appears I’m not transgender after all.
Ennis denies that his mid-life gender switch was a joke or a cry for attention.
From The NY Post:
“I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed.
“I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly,” he noted.
“It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul.
“Even though I will not wear the wig or the makeup or the skirts again, I promise to remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage.”
Don added that he now feels “fantastic” as a man again.
And he said he hopes that with the hormone treatment and surgery, things will only get better.
He plans to change the gender and name on his driver’s license, work ID and e-mail.
He called his three-month odyssey into the world of women “a tremendous gift.”
“I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC,” he wrote.
The startling he-to-she-back-to-he move came after Ennis had publicly announced on Facebook in May that he was leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy, to become a full-time woman.
The Connecticut resident has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke.
Thanks to loyal reader Ernest O. for the tip.