Fiona Dawson is an award winning director, producer & writer, LGBTQ advocate, and IFP Documentary Lab Fellow. She directed the Emmy® nominated Transgender, at War and in Love commissioned by The New York Times and co-directed the feature documentary TransMilitary, which chronicles the lives of four transgender service members defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. The film, directed and produced in collaboration with SideXSide Studios, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 and won the Best Feature Documentary Audience Award. Following a string of festival awards, TransMilitary made its TV debut on Logo on November 15th, 2018 and will be available to stream on a variety of platforms in 2019.
Fiona has previously filmed stories in India on sex trafficking, prostitution and HIV/AIDS. She hosted segments for HereTV during the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions, she is published in NBC OUT, Curve magazine, FTM Magazine, The Advocate, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. In 2018 Fiona directed her first narrative short film More Than He Knows and is expecting a festival premiere in 2019. A British native and American immigrant, Fiona lived in Houston, Texas for 11 ½ years working in the nonprofit sector and later in corporate social responsibility before moving to New York in 2011 to develop her media career.
In 2015 Fiona was honored by The White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. She was voted Houston's Female Grand Marshal for the 2009 LGBT Pride Parade, has served on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign and the Board of Directors for NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. Fiona lives in Brooklyn, NY where she is Director of her company, Free Lion Productions.
Advocating for human equality has always been at the root of Fiona's endeavors. Since 2004 when she came out as gay, Fiona has been particularly focused on working for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
Due to her involvement in promoting LGBTQ rights in Houston, she was elected the 2009 Pride Parade Female Grand Marshal.
Several years later, in 2012 Fiona re-identified herself as bisexual and came out via the YouTube video below.
As Fiona believes visibility helps end stigma and discrimination, she is not shy about talking about her own identity and creating media content to portray diverse lives.
Fiona’s favorite interview on bisexuality is with the fantastic hosts of Tagg Nation’s “The Gag” where the conversation touches on the bisexual majority, stereotypes, discrimination, and the misconception of bi privilege. Listen to Part I and Part II for laughs and insight.