ABC News Editor Blames Transgender Change On Amnesia
ABC News Editor Don Ennis famously came out as trans to an accepting news staff back in May. But now, Don is claiming that he is actually a heterosexual man, and his brief time spent as "Dawn" was a fluke due to a raging two-day long case of amnesia.
“I accused my wife of playing some kind of cruel joke, dressing me up in a wig and bra and making fake ID’s with the name ‘Dawn’ on it. Seriously,” Ennis wrote in an e-mail to friends and colleagues Friday, explaining his shock after he woke up from what he called a “transient global amnesia” last month.
“It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,” he said, referring to his hormone-induced breasts.
“I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man,” Ennis said in the e-mail titled “Not Reportable, Very Confirmed.”
“Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn,” said Ennis, who had been wearing lipstick, skirts and heels.
“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. I have retained the much different mind-set I had in 1999: I am now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes,” he said.
Still, Don has managed to turn his experience into a positive teachable moment and has no regrets.
“I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC,” he said, while referring to his time spent as a woman a "tremendous gift."