Short Portfolio

This Emmy® nominated short opinion documentary, Transgender, at War and in Love, was commissioned by The New York Times and shares the challenges of a transgender military couple who are banned from serving openly.

Transgender, at War and in Love became one of The Times' most viewed online short films. Fiona was given an Obama White House LGBT Artist Champions of Change award, the film won The White House News Photographers Association's Best Documentary, was nominated for a GLAAD Award in the Outstanding Digital Journalism – Multimedia category, and was a nominee for "Outstanding Short Documentary" in the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards.

The 2018 SXSW Audience Award-winning feature film debut by Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson, TransMilitary follows the Emmy-nominated short film Transgender, at War and in Love. Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service. TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

Cross-Country Traveler Brings Trans Men Together One State at a Time

As Malcolm Rene Ribot drives along I-90, he briefly looks down to smile at his Catahoula Leopard Dog, Grayson, who has his snout resting on Ribot's thigh. It's partly because of Grayson that Ribot's 2011 Nissan Versa has more than 120,000 miles on the odometer, 50,000 of which were added in the past 16 months.

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In a First, Openly Transgender Service Member Promoted

Just two and a half months ago, as NBC OUT exclusively reported, Navy Lt. Cdr. Blake Dremann was one of four service members historically stepping out of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's office a week prior to the announcement ending the ban on transgender troops. Then at a ceremony last Friday, Dremann became the first known openly transgender service member promoted since that repeal. To top it off, everyone on his promotion stage was transgender.

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Transgender Drill Sergeant in Limbo After Policy Change

Following Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement that transgender individuals can serve openly in the military, but with specific guidance not due for months, Drill Sergeant Ken Ochoa faces uncertainty about whether he'll be processed as male or female as he moves to a new post.


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Reel indicating a selection of Fiona’s past projects: