Ithaca College Screens Documentary on Transgender Firefighter

By Dave Maley, March 14, 2019
First openly transgender member of FDNY.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series at Ithaca College will show the documentary “Woman on Fire” on Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in Textor 103. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film tells the story of Brooke Guinan, the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A third- generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. When she transitions, it poses a challenge to a macho profession and to her family. Brooke and her boyfriend, an Air Force veteran, realize that having the life they want means being vulnerable in the face of judgment. “Woman on Fire” is a heartfelt portrait of change in the American family and workplace, and a testament to love, courage and loyalty.

The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series is sponsored by the Ithaca College Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services. For more information, visit