ABC News Producer Don Ennis, who became transgender and switched to identifying as a woman in May has decided that he’s switching back. In an email to friends and colleagues titled, “Not Reportable, Very Confirmed,” (obtained and reported by NewsBlues.com), Ennis announced:
“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.”
This is a startling shift for Ennis, who just three months ago announced that he was changing his name to “Dawn Ennis” and that he was splitting with his wife on account of discovering that he was a woman in a man’s body.
“Today I begin anew,” Don-turned-Dawn announced in May. "Please understand: This is not a game of dress-up, or make-believe," wrote Ennis, a father of three who is separating from her wife of seventeen years. "It is my affirmation of who I now am and what I must do to be happy, in response to a soul-crushing secret that my wife and I have been dealing with for more than seven years, mostly in secret."
So, how did Don Ennis realize that he wasn’t Dawn after all? He had a brief bout of amnesia. Ennis lost his memory for two days to “transient global amnesia.” When it returned, Dawn did not:
“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.
“It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,” he continued, referring to his hormone-induced breasts.
“I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man,”
Ennis now realizes that it is not 1999, but he remains sure as hell that he is a man. He has apologized to the transgender community and vowed to remain a staunch straight supporter.
Ennis had secured a book deal about his transition from Don to Dawn. That book, if it’s still on, just got a lot more interesting.