enhanced-buzz-7068-1368023484-18Do you remember a post I did last May about an ABC newsman, erh, newswoman, erh, newsthingie, Don Ennis, who marched into the ABC news office one day in full drag, wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig, and declared that henceforth, his colleagues must look upon and treat him as a woman named Dawn?

Well, Don-Dawn-Don has changed his-her-its mind, again!

the faces of Don Ennisl to r: Don Ennis; Dawn Ennis; Don Ennis 2.0

Tara Palmeri reports for the New York Post, Aug. 6, 2013, that Ennis now says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

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In an email he wrote to friends and colleagues last Friday, which was first obtained by the website NewsBlues.com, Ennis wrote:

“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. It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one [referring to his hormone-induced breasts]. I thought it was 1999 . . . and I was sure as hell that I was a man. Fortunately, my memories of the last 14 years have since returned. But what did not return was my identity as Dawn.

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. 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.

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. I know my wonderful colleagues will no doubt make it easier for the next person to transition at ABC.”

Ennis had previously told friends that he suspected his sex mix-up happened because his mother had given 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.

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.

But Ennis has now assured friends and colleagues that his switch back to being a man isn’t a joke. He wrote: “The new change I’m revealing to you today did not arise because I couldn’t hack it, or people wouldn’t accept the new/real/female ‘me,’ or I had trouble finding shoes that fit (Oh, I found plenty, more than I could afford). […] No, I’m not f–king with you. No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of ‘Would You Fall For That?’ ”

And that, boys and girls, is why Canadian psychiatrist Joseph Berger says“scientifically there is no such thing as transgender.”


Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.