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ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was a woman trapped in a man’s body, that he was splitting form his wife and that he wanted colleagues to call him by his new name Dawn.
But now Ennis says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as “just another boring straight guy.”
“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, reports the New York Post.
He describes 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.
“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.
Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother gave him female hormones as a child that made him look and sound young to prolong a bit-part acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.
“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.”
“I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC,” he wrote.
As WND reported, the startling he-to-she-back-to-he move came after Ennis had publicly announced in May that he was leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy, to become a full-time woman.
“Today I begin anew,” Ennis wrote on his Facebook page, where a brand-new, “feminine” profile picture was displayed.
“Please understand: This is not a game of dress-up, or make-believe. 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.”
The Connecticut resident, and father of three children, has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke.
“Even my beloved, who had encouraged me to be true to myself at the expense of our marriage, had finally accepted my new identity.”