Applaud ABC News for Supporting Transgender Employee

Target: ABC News President, Ben Sherwood

Goal: Thank ABC for its acceptance of transgender people in the workplace.

Dawn Stacey Ennis (formerly Don Ennis), an ABC News editor, recently announced her transition into womanhood by dressing the part at work. Ennis’ co-workers and ABC News executives supported her decision with flowers and a typical office cake party. Please sign this petition and applaud ABC News for their supportive and congratulatory response to a transgender employee.

Ennis used to look like a typical 49-year-old father of three. She has been married to her wife for 17 years and boasts a successful career as a ten-year veteran of ABC News. Recently, Ennis announced to co-workers that she was transitioning into a female gender. Ennis says she suffers from an “unusual hormonal imbalance” that has resulted in an obvious shift from Don to Dawn, even without medical treatment. Although Ennis says her marriage is wrecked, she has the support of her wife to start this new life that both agree is a better fit. She explains some of her story on Facebook; “Today I begin anew,” she begins. “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.”

People who make these lifestyle announcements in their professional life often face a negative response from co-workers or the company, and in many states can be legally terminated. The ABC News office supported Ennis’s identity with flowers and a cake. Ennis even received a note of support from ABC News President Ben Sherwood.

Please sign this petition and applaud the inclusive and supportive response by ABC News and their employees.


Dear Mr. Sherwood,

Recently, an employee of ABC News announced that she was transgender. Dawn Stacey Ennis has served as a top news editor for ten years at ABC News. Formerly known as Don, her transition to Dawn was not only supported by your company, but was celebrated by Ennis’s co-workers. In a world where people fear that exposing their personal lives in the professional realm may get them fired, it is refreshing to see a company respond so supportively.

Obviously announcing the transition from Don to Dawn was not easy. Rather than embarrassing, bullying or even terminating Ennis, you welcomed her with open arms, praise and celebration. Dawn received flowers, cake and a note of support.

Thank you for setting an example that all employers should follow to make employees feel comfortable in their own skin. As Ennis continues her transition it is undoubtedly a relief to know she will be accepted and supported in her career.


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