Man Up: ABC News Editor Who Became ‘Woman’ in May Now Back to Being a Guy Again

Posted by on Aug 06, 2013 at 6:46 am

We’re starting to think this person is having an identity crisis. Co-workers must surely be baffled.

He thought he was a woman trapped in a man’s body — but it turns out he’s “just another boring straight guy.”

ABC News editor Don Ennis strolled into the newsroom in May wearing a little black dress and an auburn wig and announced he was transgender and splitting from his wife. He wanted to be called Dawn.

But now he says he suffered from a two-day bout of amnesia that has made him realize he wants to live his life again as Don.

“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, explaining 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.

Fear not, however, he’s still down with diversity, and isn’t that all that really matters?

“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.”

Well, that’s a relief. As to fellow ABC employees:

But Ennis said in last week’s e-mail to colleagues that he was reversing course again, declaring: “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?’ ”

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19 Responses to “Man Up: ABC News Editor Who Became ‘Woman’ in May Now Back to Being a Guy Again”

  1. Ray_Van_Dune on 6/06/13 at 9:53 am

    Highly selective temporary amnesia is endemic in many newsrooms, after all.

  2. Acethepug on 6/06/13 at 10:13 am

    Isn’t anyone who is undergoing gender therapy with hormones also undergoing psychiatric therapy? Isn’t that required?

    If that is the case, how did this happen? And if it isn’t required, a case like the above implies it (psychiatric therapy) really SHOULD be required …

    Is this all some kind of stunt? Like false claims of rape, this really muddies the waters for legitimate cases.

    Not sure how this person vascilated between male, female, and now male again in three months …

  3. runningrn on 6/06/13 at 10:14 am

    I’m guessing he didn’t have his final chopaweinerectomy done. Lucky for him he was still a chick with a dick. I wonder if the staff at ABC will have to endure another round of sensitivity training to reverse the last round. Lefties, they really are sick bastards.

  4. I R A Darth Aggie on 6/06/13 at 10:55 am

    Well, I’m a woman trapped in a man’s body.

    But I’m OK with that, since I am a lesbian trapped in a man’s body. And I an pee standing up. Bonus!

  5. Sandy Norris on 6/06/13 at 11:58 am

    I can imagine what my first boss would have said since he was a combat Marine in WWII. I feel like the entire U.S. has turned into California. Is this real? Seriously?

  6. Peej on 6/06/13 at 12:06 pm

    Transient “amnesia” like this is almost universally not real. It’s a sign of a psychiatric disorder.

  7. Nick Shaw on 6/06/13 at 1:15 pm

    I really, really want to see this on an episode of The Newsroom.
    It just seems so…right for that show. ;-)

  8. Steve Gregg on 6/06/13 at 3:46 pm

    What if he decides next week that he’s a collie trapped in a man’s body dressed like a woman? Don’t tell me that couldn’t happen at ABC. Woof, woof, went the journalist.

  9. CuriousinSeattle on 6/06/13 at 6:47 pm

    So who paid for all the “makemeprettyandcallmedawn” and the the un-makemeprettyandcallmedawn” process?

    Is it covered under Obamacare?