ABC News Producer Who Changed Genders Does It Again

It was only a few months ago that ABC News producer Don Ennis created some news by announcing that he was now a she: Dawn Ennis. After hinting on a personal Facebook page that a big change was in the offing, Ennis posted a photo of himself ... herself ... wearing a long brunette wig and declared the new identity.

The 49-year-old walked into work wearing a "little black dress" that same day, as the New York Post reported at the time. By the next, Ennis had moved, leaving a wife and three children.

But that was then and this is now. In a bizarre turn earlier this week, Ennis announced that she was a he again, and in an email that he circulated at work, says the Post, blamed his change to a woman on what he called "transient global amnesia." He had now returned to being a man.

"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.

He went on to write that he was again Don Ennis "now and forever," that he was "now totally, completely, unabashedly male in my mind, despite my physical attributes," and that he had been misdiagnosed as transgendered. Ennis added that he would "remain a strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage."

A Twitter account that appears to belong to Ennis is called @themselves. His Instagram account shows a number of self-portraits taken as Dawn.

Before announcing the reversal, Ennis had told friends that he thought the gender confusion stemmed from his childhood, when his mother gave him female hormones to keep him younger looking, the better to continue some professional acting he did as a kid.

According to the Post, Ennis said that testing at the National Institutes of Health indicated that he was actually suffering from a correctable hormonal imbalance.

Although Ennis received significant support when he announced the change to Dawn, there may not be as much for his change back to Don, as Cosmopolitan columnist Sam Lansky writes that the new decision could feel like a "setback for the transgender community."

So much of the work LGBT advocates do is about reinforcing the fact that human sexuality is innate -- that is, just as people are born gay, they are also born into the wrong gendered bodies. Introducing the notion of flexibility into that conversation, even on an anecdotal level, could have a real effect on policy changes, like the likelihood that insurance will cover gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy.

Still, some like Jillian Page at the Montreal Gazette say that the reversal of a transgender decision is not unusual and is the reason people are required to live with their choice for an extended period of time before being allowed medical procedures to further the change.

It doesn't really matter what his reasons are, and he shouldn't have to explain them or justify himself. It is his choice.

I wished him well in May. I wish him well now.

Ennis thanked her on Twitter.


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MaryHaar05

300$ plus per day using google? Is this even possible?? http://goo.gl/CUsV4u

August 09 2013 at 3:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
larrycdt

Mental illnesses should be treated at the brain level, not the gonad level.

August 09 2013 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sparky5229

Do you call this person him ,her or it ?

August 09 2013 at 7:25 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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larrycdt

Or just plain nuts.

August 09 2013 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
SANDY 10842

WOULDN'T YA THINK YOU WOULD BE DAMN SURE BEFORE THE CHANGE YOU WOULD OR SHOULD HAVE PROFESSIONAL ADVICE? OMG WHER'S MY WEINIE? OH...NEVERMIND

August 09 2013 at 7:06 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
mystiqueldy60

Are they sure the guy doesn't have multiple personalities? lol You know, the best safest place for our minds and our bodies is right where we are with the body God gave us. When people go fooling around with their bodies "thinking" ohhhh, all my life I've felt like a girl/guy, I'm sooo happy" Yea, thousand's of dollar's latter and the toll it take on your mind can be very serious. Look, people doing this crazy BS are scorned, can't get decent jobs to make a decent living, and..if they do find a job it's usually low paying with no benefits. Look, I'm not saying don't be who you think you should be, Im just saying just be who you are , in the skin your in..it's all beautiful. Don't go and mess up a beautiful thing.

August 09 2013 at 6:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Sue

This is a preview of our future generation. So many people think this is acceptable.

August 09 2013 at 6:35 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Jim

ABC will begin referring to him/her as "they" but draw the line at two contracts.

August 09 2013 at 6:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wnagle53

Come on! The problem here is this guy / girl couldn't get laid as a man, a gay man, or a woman.

August 09 2013 at 5:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
bslook

The real life "Mr. Garrison"

August 09 2013 at 5:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kennycan22

Anyone into the NFL? Bret, Bret? Is that you? Should I go or should I stay?

Sorry, could not pass on that. Sexuality and gender are serious things. I hope he and his family can heal from all of his actions. Life's confusing enough, let a lone parents and peers.

August 09 2013 at 5:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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