Don Ennis Is Now Dawn Ennis: ABC News Editor Comes Out Transgender To The Support Of Her Colleagues

By Staff Reporter on May 8, 2013 6:04 PM EDT

Dawn Ennis
ABC News Editor Don Ennis is now Dawn Ennis. Colleagues support her transgender decision. (Photo: Linkedin)

ABC News National Desk Assignment Editor Don Ennis, 49, boldly walked into work at the ABC News Manhattan headquarters on Friday wearing a brunette bobbed wig and a little black dress. Don Ennis is now Dawn.

Dawn Stacey Ennis' transition from male to female was triggered at a young age when she was a child actor. Fearing puberty would end Ennis' career, her mother fed her estrogen in order to slow the onset of puberty. However, the estrogen intake backfired when Ennis began to suffer from a hormonal imbalance, developing breasts and other medical conditions that doctors could not cure.

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Ending her struggle with gender identity, Dawn announced his decision to become female before his colleagues. Dawn is also leaving her wife of 17 years and three children.

"Today I begin anew," Dawn Ennis wrote on her Facebook timeline, where she debuted a flirty new profile picture.

"Trust me, this is NOT the midlife crisis I was counting on -- I'd much prefer to have bought a sports car. Even an affair, I think, would have been something we might have recovered from. Please understand: This is not a game of dress-up, or make-believe. It is my affirmation of who I now am and what I must do to be happy, in response to a soul-crushing secret that my wife and I have been dealing with for more than seven years, mostly in secret."

According to Dawn Ennis, her secret ruined the marriage between her and Wendy. What's more, she expressed her envy of a transgender woman who still has a wife that stood by her.

"Despite the heartbreak, [Wendy] has encouraged me to start this new life that we both believe better fits who I now am."

As for her colleagues, Ennis received a note of support from ABC News President Ben Sherwood. Coming into work, Dawn Ennis celebrated with glitter and cake when she arrived for her first day as a woman.

"I'm overwhelmed by the strong support I've received from my coworkers, and I'm looking forward to telling my story when I'm ready," Ennis said in a statement to the New York Post.

Ennis is also working on a book deal.

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