Miriam Zoila Pérez

Miriam Zoila Pérez Gender Writer
Miriam Zoila Pérez is a Cuban-American writer covering issues of race, health and gender. She is the founder of RadicalDoula.com, and was an Editor at Feministing.com for four years, during which time the site was awarded the Sidney J Hillman Prize for Blog Journalism. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Alternet, The American Prospect, MORE Magazine, RH Reality Check and a number of anthologies, including "Yes Means Yes," "Click" and "Persistence." Pérez is the author of "The Radical Doula Guide: A Political Primer for Full-Spectrum Pregnancy and Childbirth Support." Learn more about her work on her website, or follow her on twitter @miriamzperez.


Navajo Midwives in New Mexico Plan First-Ever Native American Birth Center

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Sep 29, 2015 5:34PM

Certified nurse midwives Nicolle Gonzales and Brittney Simplicio are planning a space where Native women can experience traditional healing practices and midwifery care during birth.

Topics: Native Affairs, Health, Gender & Sexuality

Arrest of Undocumented Latina at Gynecologist's Office Could Scare Others Away From Healthcare

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Sep 22, 2015 4:02PM

After Blanca Borrego presented a false ID at Texas' Northeast Women's Healthcare Clinic, staff members called the police. The mother of two was arrested and jailed for two weeks—a move that could deter other undocumented women from seeking vital gynecological care.

Topics: Immigration, Health, Gender & Sexuality

Eboné Bell, Founder of Lesbian Magazine Tagg, Talks Racism, Labels and Building From Scratch

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Sep 10, 2015 3:55PM

As she celebrates four years of publishing Tagg, founder Eboné Bell reflects on what it takes to run a lesbian print publication as a queer black woman in Washington, D.C.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Meet the Women Trying to Be the New 'Left Flank' of the Repro Rights Movement

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Sep 3, 2015 12:51PM

Writer/activists Pamela Merritt and Erin Matson have teamed up to launch a new direct action organization pushing for abortion access and reproductive justice.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

The Comedy About 2 Trans Women of Color You Don't Want to Miss

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Sep 1, 2015 10:27AM

"Tangerine" tells the story of two trans women of color making a life for themselves on the streets of Hollywood. It's unexpected, complex and in select theaters through September.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Joy Alert! The ‘Big Gal’ Yogi You Should be Following on Instagram

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Aug 11, 2015 3:40PM

Valerie S., a 28-year-old Filipina and Mexican installation artist, has built a huge following with stunning photos of her yoga practice and her body-loving philosophy. Namaste!

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

5 Reasons Why the Latest Attacks on Planned Parenthood Matter to People of Color

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Aug 5, 2015 5:20PM

You're probably feeling serious deja vu from the latest spate of videos that anti-abortion activists and lawmakers are using to impact Planned Parenthood's federal funding. Here are five reasons why this familiar tactic and the political machinations it's fueling matter to communities of color.

Topics: Health, Gender & Sexuality

Surprising New Poll Shows Public Support for Government Funding of Abortion

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jul 29, 2015 4:00PM

Contrary to popular belief, a new survey shows that 86 percent of voters don't think politicians should be able to deny a woman insurance coverage for an abortion because she is poor.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Video: L.A. Femmes of Color Collective Launch New Story Project

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jul 29, 2015 11:41AM

The first installment of this series features queer black fat femme Mary Senyonga.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Staceyann Chin Strips Down to Talk Fashion, Identity and Politics

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jul 29, 2015 10:56AM

As part of a series called StyleLikeU, lesbian poet Staceyann Chin shares her views on motherhood, fashion, racism and the world she wants for her and her young daughter.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality