Marianne Dawson

Born in 1953, Marianne Dawson was socialized as a straight man. After a circuitous journey, she ultimately came to understand herself as a bisexual, transgender woman. A long-time advocate and educator on behalf of Spokane’s transgender citizens, Dawson was a founding member of Papillion, a transgender support group established in 1993. She has lived in the Spokane area since 1971.