Fiona Dawson to Receive Knights Out Leadership Award

Knights Out and Spectrum are excited to announce the 2017 Leadership Award honoree, Fiona Dawson. 

Get your tickets to the 2017 Knights Out/Spectrum Gala today! Remember, tickets purchased before February 1st are discounted to $50. After that, they go up to $70. 

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(photo: Rhys Harper Photography)

Fiona Dawson is an Emmy®-nominated multi-media director, producer and writer. She directed the Emmy®-nominated New York Times' short opinion documentary "Transgender, at War and in Love," in partnership with SideXSide Studios 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. Fiona freelances for NBC News' NBC OUT and creates media to educate, entertain and inspire.

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Get your tickets to the 2017 Knights Out/Spectrum Gala today!

She has previously filmed stories in India on sex trafficking, prostitution and HIV/AIDS and hosted segments for HereTV during the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions. In 2015 Fiona was honored by The White House for her work 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 (HRC) and on the Board of Directors for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). 

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Today, Fiona and her co-directors Gabriel Silverman and Jamie Coughlin of SideXSide Studios slate their feature documentary sharing the inspiring story of service members and allies achieving open transgender service, TransMilitary, to be released in late 2017.


If you plan to attend the Gala, Knights Out has a block of rooms reserved at the Thayer Hotel at a discounted rate of $169 per night. Call the hotel directly at 845-377-5117 and tell them you are with Knights Out to receive the discounted rate. 

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