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Daily Inspiration: Meet Fiona Dawson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fiona Dawson.

Hi Fiona, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started Free Lion Productions in 2010 to produce media to educate, entertain, and inspire. I was living in Houston at the time and was inspired by Oprah’s competition to win your own show. While I didn’t win that contest, I decided I was going to do it anyway and moved to the northeast. After 11 years in New York City and Washington DC, I came home to Texas in 2020 making Austin my permanent digs. Today, I’m an Emmy®-nominated and award-winning filmmaker, creating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) explainer videos and engaged in corporate speaking events. I also have my first book, “Are Bisexuals Just Greedy? And 20 other rather direct questions asked of the LGBTQ+ community” launching January 11, 2022, and I’m pitching my unscripted TV series, “NOW with Fiona,” which shares unexpected stories from the LGBTQ+ community of kindness and courage in the face of adversity. I love working with companies who want to provide intentionally inclusive personal storytelling within their DEI framework.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Many of the struggles with hindsight were really more about discovering my own internal confidence. On the surface, I think people would perceive me as someone who has always believed in herself, but in fact it’s taken years to shed my insecurities and learn that I’m actually always on the right path. I didn’t go to film school so I had a lot to learn about the practicalities of producing film, but by jumping in and doing it—and having amazing mentors—I’ve achieved a level of competence that brings me the work that I love to do.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m known for my work on the TransMilitary project, which advocates for US trans service members who were banned from serving openly. My short film, “Transgender, at War and in Love” with The New York Times and my feature documentary, “TransMilitary” both continue to help educate people not only about the military ban but also personal experiences of being transgender. I’m also extremely proud that my first book, “Are Bisexuals Just Greedy? And 20 other rather direct questions asked of the LGBTQ+ community” being published by “Publish Your Purpose Press” is launching in the new year and will be available wherever books are sold. My company’s mission, which is central to all of my endeavors, is to decolonize the worldview of gender and sexuality.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Human inclusion and equity matters the most to me. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience and all people should be treated with equal rights, respect, and responsibility. No one is better or worse than anyone else, so I’d like to help remove the barriers that hold us back from living in an equitable world.

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Image Credits
©Barak Shrama for the photo with Fiona on stage.

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