Topics We Explored:
- How Fiona’s story of self-discovery and her experiences have helped shape her views
- Why Fiona decided to share her journey from identifying as a lesbian to identifying as bisexual
- How the issues of binary constriction bisexual people deal with can be applied to other areas of life such as race
- Why labels can help or hurt people, and how they can be used in the workplace to involve more people in diversity initiatives
- What Fiona’s work was with TransMilitary, and how the military has the potential to be one of the greatest vehicles for social change
- How finding success can turn into a struggle to keep your drive alive, and why it’s important to keep finding inspiration for change
“If you know what makes you feel alive, go do it.” – Fiona Dawson (Tweet this)
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Coming Out as Bisexual
- Movement Advancement Project
- Transgender, at War and in Love
- Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT)
About Fiona Dawson:
Fiona Dawson is director of the Emmy®-nominated New York Times short opinion documentary, “Transgender, at War and in Love.” In 2012 she created the media project “TransMilitary,” in order to elevate stories of active duty, American, transgender service members who were risking discharge due to outdated and discriminatory policies. In November 2015 she was honored by The White House for her work as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change and June 2016 Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, lifted the ban upon transgender troops serving. Fiona and her co-directors at SideXSide Studios will release the feature documentary version of the story this Fall. More about Fiona can be found at fionadawson.com.
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