Fiona Dawson is an Emmy®-nominated, award winning, multi-media director, producer and writer. She directed Transgender, at War and in Love commissioned by The New York Times and created the media project TransMilitary, which intimately shares the lives of American transgender troops risking discharge as they work to end the discriminatory ban upon their service. Her feature length documentary TransMilitary, directed and produced in collaboration with SideXSide Studios, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 and won the Best Feature Documentary Audience Award.
Fiona has previously filmed stories in India on sex trafficking, prostitution and HIV/AIDS. She hosted segments for HereTV during the Republican and Democratic conventions, she is published in NBC OUT, Curve magazine, FTM Magazine, The Advocate, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. 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 and transgender (LGBT) community.
Due to her involvement in promoting LGBT rights in Houston, she was elected the 2009 Female Grand Marshal for that year's Pride Parade.
In 2015 Fiona was one of nine LGBT Artists awarded by the White House as a Champion of Change. In the whitehouse.gov blog, Fiona says, "Today, as a bisexual woman it's important for me to be visible with my own sexual orientation to help end bi-phobia, but my work is focused on advocating for transgender rights. Through TransMilitary I wish to not only assist in lifting the ban on transgender people serving, but also contribute to changing how people are viewed in general. I believe when we come to know a diversity of mighty soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines honorably serving our country, society can see that they and their civilian counterparts deserve the equal rights and respect they so fiercely protect."
As Fiona believes visibility helps end stigma and discrimination, in 2012 she came out as bisexual via this video on YouTube: