Friday June 17th, 2016

Queer Brown Voices & Orlando: A Reflection on Our History of Pain, Resistance & Healing

Recently I was contacted by the Smithsonian Latino Institute to provide a community response at an event titled Recovering Latinx LGBT History: A Conversation with the Editors of Queer Brown Voices, one of many events around Washington, D.C. throughout Pride Month. This specific event was geared toward unpacking the history of activism among those who ... Read more

Friday April 8th, 2016

Mi Entrevista con Tsi-tsi-ki Felix y las Dinámicas de Poder

Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de participar en mi primera entrevista nacional con Tsi-tsi-ki Feliz de Entravisión. Muchos no saben pero las entrevistas y el hablar en público son dos cosas que aún me dan muchísimos nervios. Algunos piensan que porque soy escritora también soy oradora. Pero esto no es así, son dos habilidades distintas y ... Read more

Thursday April 7th, 2016

LULAC Joins NCTE in Lobbying for Criminal Justice & Sentencing Reform

**Originally published on NCTE’s Official Website** By: Joanna Cifredo It’s always a good day when we have the opportunity to partner with allied organizations on shared goals to improve the lives of our communities. Recently I had the chance to partner to lobby alongside our good friends at the League of United Latin American Citizens ... Read more

Thursday April 7th, 2016

Florida Sheriff Outs & Endangers Trans Women Arrested for Sex Work

** Originally Published on NCTE’s Official Website** By: Joanna Cifredo In a most recent sting operation dubbed “Operation Naughty Not Nice” the Polk County Sherriff’s Department, in conjunction with Lakeland Police Department, held a five-day-long undercover investigation in December focusing on individuals who allegedly advertised prostitution services in online ads. During the operation undercover detectives ... Read more

Thursday April 7th, 2016

NCTE Welcomes New Racial and Economic Justice Policy Analyst, Joanna Cifredo

Hello everyone! My name is Joanna Cifredo, I am the new Racial & Economic Justice Policy Analyst at NCTE. I am a writer, transgender advocate, and unapologetic Trans Latina. Until now most of my policy experience has been on the local level. My previous experience includes working for the Florida Department of Health providing case ... Read more

Wednesday November 18th, 2015

My Testimony to Congress Addressing the Violence Against Trans Women of Color & the role of the State

Recently I had the honor of testifying before congress for the first congressional forum to address the violence against trans women, particularly trans women of color. Below is my statements, for those who were unable to attend here is the link to the full forum. Good Afternoon Representatives,   My name is Joanna Cifredo I ... Read more

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Happy Birthday Erica!

September 30, 1969 – March 11, 2013 It’s a special moment when your world is opened to a new possibility. When you see yourself reflected in another person, a positive reflection of yourself. You learn a new language to convey a long held truth, and, for a moment, you recognize something new within yourself. It’s ... Read more

Monday September 7th, 2015

Trans vs. Traditional Beauty Pageants: Is there a difference?

“What do you think about trans beauty pageants?” That was the question posed to me by one of my girlfriends. The reason for her question was that at the moment the city of Bogota (that’s located in a foreign land known as Colombia, that’s Colombia with an “o” not a “u” for those geographically challenged ... Read more

Tuesday June 16th, 2015

My Open Letter to Melissa Harris-Perry about Rachel Dolezal and the Possibility of a Transracial Identity

**DISCLAIMER** In no way is this post intended to excuse or defend the actions of Rachel Dolezal. The purpose of this is letter is to provide my personal perspective as it relates to the possibility of a transracial experience and the parallels drawn with the trans experience. When it comes to Rachel I find her ... Read more

Thursday April 9th, 2015

Why We Need Change the Tone of the Conversation Surrounding Bruce Jenner

Over the past several months there has been mounting speculation around former Olympian Gold Medalist and the stepfather of E!’s hit reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians Bruce Jenner’s gender identity and what the reality star may or may not be doing for their alleged transition. The overall tone of this public hypothesizing around ... Read more

Thursday November 13th, 2014

I’m a Feminist and I Have a Love Hate Relationship with Street Harassment

In the past few weeks there has been a lot of buzz online about the recent street harassment video by Hollaback. Yesterday, I watched a recent segment that aired on CNN where a particular “mansplainer” stated that if every street harasser were hot “we” would not have a problem with a man “complimenting our beauty”. ... Read more

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

My Speech to Service Providers on Structural Victimization of Trans People

In my early teens I started to become aware of transsexuality. I finally had terminology to describe this feeling that had been growing within me, this overwhelming feeling of despair and hopelessness. And in my lament I would retreat to the safe and hopeful mental state of the “one day”: “one day I’ll have breasts”, ... Read more

Thursday August 7th, 2014

Reporting on TWOC: My open letter to Michael Lavers, because WORDS MATTER.

Read my open letter to the Washington Blade in response to Michael Lavers' article and subsequent mischarecterization on the brutal murders of Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall.

Wednesday June 18th, 2014

Pride: Why we do it

In the wee hours of June 28, 1969, four police officers stormed into the Stonewall Inn a small bar owned by the mafia and frequented by the most marginalized in the LGBT community: homeless youth, trans women, transvestites, drag queens, butch lesbians and effeminate men among others. As the officers began to perform a routine ... Read more

Sunday May 11th, 2014

Swimming Against the Current

Growing up I often felt alone and with little guidance. Don’t get me wrong, I had my mother to tell me right from wrong and a grandmother who always told me to look both ways before I crossed the street; but they could only go so far. I recently disclosed to my grandmother that I ... Read more

Saturday April 26th, 2014

A Policy Reconsidered: Finding Liberation where others have often found Oppression

Around the age of seven I remember taking every opportunity to sneak into my mother’s closet and wear her dresses. Growing up Pentecostal where it was highly frowned upon for women to wear pants I had my pick and choose of dresses and skirts. I’d place this long yellow t-shirt from summer camp on my ... Read more

Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Staking Claim and Defining Your Identity Before Someone Else Does

A puppy’s breath, baby giggles, going to bed without having to set an alarm are a few of the things I love most and among these is spring time in Washington, DC. Spring, the season of rebirth, is finally here after a long and gruesome winter that almost brought me to point of saying “F’it ... Read more

Saturday March 1st, 2014

My Evolution of Womanhood

This past month we celebrated Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, a time of year in which we commemorate and rejoice on all of the many achievements and contributions women have made to our society. Every year our Facebook walls are inundated with images of Rosie the Riveter who has now become an icon ... Read more

Thursday February 20th, 2014

Disclosure 101

Since launching my blog I have received a few emails by women stating that they would love to come out as trans but that their circumstances are different. So in the hope that this information can be useful, or can help inform the difficult questions around coming out as trans, I thought I would go ... Read more

Thursday February 13th, 2014

A year of Authenticity and Growth

This past Sunday I celebrated my 27th birthday and a year of living full time as my most authentic self. I was not one that subscribed to gender non-conformity and androgyny. I had set a date as to when I would go full time and not look back. Originally that date was supposed to be ... Read more

Thursday February 6th, 2014

Meeting Joanna

What a difference a year can make. It was this time last year that I was packing my bags getting ready to go back to Florida for the first time since moving to DC. It had been over a year, the longest I’d ever spent away from my home state, not to mention the longest ... Read more

Thursday January 30th, 2014

“Clocked” by the In-laws

I think my mom may have “clocked” you, read my boyfriend’s text. For those of you who don’t know what “clocked” means, it’s the term many people in the trans community use for when someone figures out that you are trans. Let me give you a quick back-story. I met my boyfriend’s parents a little ... Read more

Thursday January 23rd, 2014

Passing to Survive

I’m very aware that my transition here in DC isn’t indicative of every trans woman’s experience and although it hasn’t been completely void of turbulence, for the most part I’ve had it much easier than many of my trans sisters. I can’t speak to unemployment or homelessness and in general things have gone pretty smooth ... Read more

Thursday January 16th, 2014

Waiting for Love

Confession time, every new year I make a “vision board”. Normally this board is cluttered with images of brides, couples embracing, and men proposing with really big rocks (a typo there would’ve totally made that sentence hilarious). Yes, I’m a hopeless romantic with “hopeless” being the operative word, a sap for a Cinderella story. I ... Read more

Thursday January 9th, 2014

Raising the Visibility of Trans People and TRANS-forming Minds in the Process

So this is my first official blog post for the New Year, yet before I dive into 2014 it’s worth taking a look back at 2013 and the many milestones that were achieved not just for me as a trans-woman but for our community as a whole. I believe that 2013 will go down as ... Read more

Thursday January 2nd, 2014

Welcome to FBTG!

Hey Guys! Welcome and thank you for stopping by my blog, FireBreathingTGirl.com So why did I choose the name Fire Breathing T-Girl might you ask? Before I answer that question let me start off by telling you a little about myself and why I decided to start a blog. My name is Joanna, I’m a ... Read more