Don Ennis

Just like there are cisgender people who have significant mental health issues, there will be transgender people who do as well.  We have no idea exactly what occurred.  In May of this year, Donald Ennis, a producer at ABC, came out as Dawn Ennis, and received support from co-workers and family. Now he is reporting not that he made a mistake, rather he “was misdiagnosed.” He had an episode of amnesia and was no longer female. 

 He said, “I’m asking all of you who accepted me as a transgender to now understand: I was misdiagnosed. 

“I am already using the men’s room and dressing accordingly,” he noted.  “It’s so odd to be experiencing this from the other side; as recently as last Friday, I felt I was indeed a woman, in my mind, body and soul.”

Here is an individual who says she felt she was indeed a woman, in mind, body and soul and that she was misdiagnosed.  I would love to know more about who diagnosed her and what information they had about her. What did she tell her diagnostician about her life and her needs and her situation?  She says she struggled for over seven years with her gender.  She had the support of her family.  Mind, body and soul?  

 Because some people want to deny the reality of transgender people, this will get used against the trans community.  There certainly will be people who transition who should not. The question is, how do we differentiate?  Further, who is responsible for a choice that someone makes?  Gender specialists are not trying to make people transition, rather, help them sort out the risks and benefits, what are the choices in expression and behavior and medically and to explore what the person expects and what will change and how to make life work as best as that person can make it.  To be authentic, resilient, and prepared.  Not so much to tell an individual who they are.  

I worry where people will take this.  The people who don’t understand gender identity and use their own beliefs and filters to apply to people who they do not understand.  I dont have an issue with Mr. Ennis transitioning back, it’s reading the comments on these news stories and knowing that transgender people are under a microscope.


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Psychotherapist in San Francisco. I am a gender specialist.
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One Response to Don Ennis

  1. anon says:

    Perhaps what he meant by “misdiagnosed” was that a clinician described him as transgender when he was actually having a psychotic episode during which he had delusions of being a woman. This would mean that as he was treated with antipsychotics, the delusions reduced and he then gained insight and began to recognise himself again. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has actually been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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