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Male ABC News Editor Changes Gender to Woman, Then Back to Male

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Brett Rosner

By Brett Rosner on August 6, 2013

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: A man, who was given female hormones as a child, announced he was changing his gender to female and divorcing his wife back in May, but now he’s decided to switch back because he believed he was suffering from a “two-day bout of amnesia.”

So he’s back to being just a “boring straight guy,” he says.

Via NYPost.com

Via NYPost.com

According to New York Post, Don Ennis, who for some time went by Dawn Ennis, sent an email to his colleagues at ABC News detailing his transformation from a woman back to a man.

“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 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 an acting career, but he ended up developing breasts and started thinking he was a woman.

“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.

He, however, currently still lists his name as Dawn on his LinkedIn account:


Ennis said he had gone to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md., for testing in July to understand why his mind and body changed from male to female. He said he learned it was a hormone imbalance, an imbalance he was told that could be fixed.

A week after he was discharged, his wife rushed him back to the hospital because he thought he was having a seizure and was experiencing a “drastic loss of memory.” Don said 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.

Is it a little confusing? Yes. But isn’t that just life itself?

Will this specific tale give transgender people a bad name? That it’s a switch? That we can’t ever be sure? That’s unclear, but Ennis said that no matter what, he will always support the rights of all people.

“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.”

And thus concludes today’s Thank God He Was Pre-Op lesson.

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