To prove that fact can be stranger than fiction, ABC News Producer Din Ennis is no longer Don Ennis.
He now wants to be known as Dawn Ennis and is coming to work dressed as a woman.
We're not making this up.
The 49-year-old journalist is leaving her wife of 17 years and their three children to make the complete transition into living as a woman.
Ennis, who has emailed FTVLive for years never hinted that the dude wanted to be a dame. He/she even gave us tips when we moved to Florida years ago. Don previously worked in the Jacksonville market.
Ennis, who has worked at ABC News for ten years, says the transition which he/she says began seven years ago, but was kept a family secret until now.
Debuting her new name and identity on her Facebook page last week, Ennis added that it was not 'dress-up or make-believe'.
‘Trust me, this is NOT the midlife crisis I was counting on — I’d much prefer to have bought a sports car,’ Dawn wrote on the social network on Friday
‘Even an affair, I think, would have been something we might have recovered from.’
‘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.'
On Saturday, the day after she revealed her true identity to her colleagues, Ennis moved out of the family home.
'Despite the heartbreak, [Wendy] has encouraged me to start this new life that we both believe better fits who I now am,' Ennis, a National Assignment Editor at ABC News, wrote on Facebook.
Prior to his/her full transition, Ennis said he/she feared she might lose her job if she 'came out' as a woman.
She says one of the reasons for her delay in becoming a woman ‘full-time’ is he/her fear that as a freelance journalist, she would have no protection should him/her workplace have issues with her transition.
‘I have begun transition, just not at work, and the job/wife/family dynamic is what's stopping me from full-time, and probably rightly so,' he/she wrote in a YouTube comment from last year.
However, colleagues at ABC News have been fully supportive of Ennis transition from Don to Dawn and celebrated with glitter and cake when he/she arrived for her first day as a woman on Friday.
She also received a note of support from ABC News President Ben Sherwood, and is working on a book deal.
'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.”
H/T Daily Mail