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.

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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

Meet the Burlesque Dancers ‘Bringing the Chocolate Back to Chocolate City’

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jul 24, 2015 11:58AM

Chè Monique and Dainty Dandridge founded Chocolate City Burlesque and Cabaret in November, and their second showcase is debuting tonight to a nearly sold-out 300 person theatre in Washington, D.C.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Abortion Support Without Politics

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jul 14, 2015 10:00AM

Aspen Baker, co-founder of the controversial post-abortion support service Exhale, talks about her "pro-voice" philosophy, why her group refuses to label itself pro-choice or pro-life, and how it deals with race in the reproductive health movement.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Miriam Zoila Pérez: 'What Happens Next is More Important Than Marriage'

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jun 30, 2015 2:17PM

Colorlines gender columnist Miriam Zoila Pérez sorts through some sticky questions about what same-sex marriage really means to her—and what it could mean for the entire LGBTQ movement.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Doc About Black Lesbians Jailed for Self-Defense Hits TV Screens

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jun 21, 2015 9:51PM

'Out in the Night' tells the story of "The New Jersey Four," a group of young black lesbians who received severe prison sentences after defending themselves from a man's homophobic attack.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

New Anti-Abortion Billboards Give Reproductive Justice Activists Déjà Vu

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Jun 17, 2015 11:00AM

Citing racism, black reproductive justice groups are rallying against a spate of anti-abortion billboards going up in the South.

Topics: Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality