The last three months have been a gender rollercoaster for ABC News anchor Don Ennis, who’s giving us modern day Orlando realness. Now, do your best to keep up because it gets a little confusing. To make things a little easier, we’re just going to refer to Don as “he” since that’s how he’s identifying these days.
In May, Don sashayed into the ABC newsroom as Dawn, wearing a black dress and auburn wig, announcing to his co-workers that he was transgender and leaving his wife of 17 years, Wendy. Thankfully everyone was very supportive, even Wendy, and Dawn began transitioning.
Then suddenly, after a two-day bout of “transient global amnesia” Dawn realized that it was all just a big misunderstanding and that he wanted to be Don again. Got it?
Yes, Venus Xtravaganza, that’s exactly what happened.
Don claims the trannesia caused him to think it was 1999, a magical time when he was “sure as hell” that he was 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 wrote in an email to his colleagues titled, “Not Reportable, Very Confirmed,” obtained by the New York Post.
“It became obvious this was not the case once I took off the bra — and discovered two reasons I was wearing one,” Ennis said referring to his hormone-induced breasts.
The episode was brought on by a visit to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD last month, where Dawn underwent testing to reportedly understand why his body and mind changed from male to female. There, he learned that it was caused by a hormone imbalance, something he had suspected all along:
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.
Apparently his mother was Ethel Marion Milne, but anyway, Dawn was told the imbalance could be fixed. A week after Dawn is discharged, Wendy rushed Dawn, who thinks he’s having a seizure and experiencing “drastic loss of memory” — the trannesia — to the hospital.
Why that happened goes unanswered. Transient global amnesia is completely random it seems. We’re not sure of any instances of it “curing” people of transsexualism, however, but to anyone who might find his story, shall we say, incredulous, Don made sure to note, “No, I’m not fucking with you. No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of Would You Fall For That?.”
Now, according to the newsman, “it appears I’m not transgender after all…I was misdiagnosed” and he’s “just another boring straight guy.” Though he feels “fantastic” to be a man again, Don called his three months as a woman a “terrific gift.”
He also dismisses any assumptions that his “new change” arose “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).” We see someone realized how good it feels to Payless.
But even though he’s done away with the wigs and Fioni pumps, Don is committed to remaining a “strong straight ally, a supporter of diversity and an advocate for equal rights and other LGBT issues including same-sex marriage.” He just hopes that with hormone treatment and surgery, things will get better.
Meanwhile, things looked a lot better with that gorgeous wig, but whatever.
Photo: NY Post