ABC Newsman Switches Back From Female to Male

Don Ellis suspects females hormones led to his confusion

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 6, 2013 6:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – An ABC News editor who announced he was transgender—and wore a little black dress to match—now says a bout of amnesia has made him a man again, the New York Post reports. Don Ellis became a full-time female in May, when he declared his 17-year marriage kaput and walked into the newsroom wearing women's clothes and an auburn wig. But last week he posted a message at work saying a two-day bout of "transient global amnesia" had shocked him back into being male.

"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," he wrote. Ellis suspects the confusion arose years ago when his mother gave him female hormones to prolong his child acting career, which gave him breasts. Now, he says, he feels "fantastic" and hopes surgery and hormone treatment will simplify his life. "No, I’m not f--king with you," he added. "No this is not a joke. No, this is not an episode of 'Would You Fall For That?'"

Don Ellis, as man and woman.   (YouTube)
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