Dawn Ennis, formerly known as Don Ennis, was fired from her job as a producer at ABC for “performance issues” just weeks after she changed her gender for the third time, reports the Daily News.
Ennis (pictured) who says she identifies as both a man and a woman, first appeared at work dressed as a woman in May 2013 and asked that co-workers call her “Dawn.” At the time, she claimed she had an “unusual hormone imbalance” and preferred to live as a woman, according to the Daily Mail.
Three months later, she reportedly said she suffered “global transient amnesia” and claimed she identified as a man again. According to Ennis, her wife of 17 years – with whom she is now separated – dressed her up in a wig and black dress and created a fake ID card for her that read “Dawn.” Then, just a few weeks before she was fired, the father of three returned to work yet again as Dawn.
In a statement, Ennis, 49, said, “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.”
One source told the Daily News that Ennis did not lose her job because of her gender changes, but rather because of “performance issues.”
Ennis took to Facebook to post photos of herself as both Don and Dawn, as well as to share her feelings about the scandal. On May 31, she posted the message, “It is all going to work out.” And on June 2, Dawn quoted the following from Shakespeare’s King Lear, “No, I will weep no more. In such a night/To shut me out? Pour on; I will endure.”