16:42 hrs.

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

11:07 hrs.

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

22:22 hrs.

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

22:19 hrs.

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

22:12 hrs.

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

06:43 hrs.

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

21:17 hrs.

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

18:23 hrs.

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

17:40 hrs.

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

01:54 hrs.

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

23:35 hrs.

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

17:21 hrs.

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

02:54 hrs.

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

(English) 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.

20:56 hrs.

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

21:23 hrs.

Nadando Contra la Corriente

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

03:35 hrs.

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

03:44 hrs.

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

21:46 hrs.

Mi Evolucion Como Mujer

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22:41 hrs.

(English) Disclosure 101

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00:44 hrs.

Un Ano de Crecimiento y Viviendo Autentica

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12:41 hrs.

Conociendo a Joanna

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22:38 hrs.

“Leido” por los Suegros

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00:15 hrs.

Passando por Sobrevivir

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10:00 hrs.

Esperando el Amor

Llegó la hora de las confesiones. Cada año hago un “tablero de propósitos”, es decir, un cuadro en el que pongo recortes de revistas, fotos y otras cosas que representan mis propósitos de año nuevo. Usualmente este tablero está lleno de imágenes de novias, parejas abrazándose y hombres arrollidos con anillos de diamantes inmensos en ... Read more

15:58 hrs.

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

02:56 hrs.

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