Miriam Zoila Pérez

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Gender Columnist
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, Taking Points Memo, The American Prospect, MORE Magazine, Rewire 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" and the co-host of the Latinx music podcast Radio Menea.

Follow Pérez on Twitter: @miriamzperez

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3 Ways to Gauge VP Candidate Mike Pence's Stance on Reproductive Health & LGBT Issues

While presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn't have a legislative record, his just-announced running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, does. On reproductive rights and LGBT issues it's quite clear where he stands.

A photo of Ignacio Rivera, wearing a black hoodie and a gray shirt, with hands clasped at chest, in front of a blue background

HEAL Project Tackles Child Sexual Abuse Using Survivors' Videos, Theater and Social Media

Survivor Ignacio Rivera's HEAL Project aims to end child sexual abuse 'by making visible the hidden tools used to guilt, shame, coerce and inflict violence onto children.'

It Has Been One Month Since the Orlando Massacre

While the murder of 49 mostly Latinx and LGBT people at Pulse Orlando has faded from headlines, the local community still works to move forward.

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible

It seems like the bad news just keeps coming. Here are some self-care resources to keep you going when the trauma won't stop.

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Supreme Court Hands Down Major Win for Abortion Access

The decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt is the biggest legal win for the reproductive rights movement since the procedure was legalized in 1973.

A man in New York City lays 50 red roses on an outdoor altar to commemorate the Pulse victims who died.

When the One Place That Feels Like Home is Invaded

Being queer and Latinx in the U.S. sometimes feels like it can be impossible to find our people. Now tragedy has found us.

Two women smiling side by side wearing T-shirts that read "#BlackWomenLead"

This Duo Wants to Turn the Most Reliable Voters—Black Women—Into Candidates

Black women have consistently had the highest voting rates of all gender/race groups in the United States. Higher Heights wants to put them in office.

ICYMI: These Photos of Families Hugging Across the Border Are Guaranteed to Make You Cry

On Sunday, a project called "Opening the Door of Hope" allowed five families separated across the U.S.-Mexico border by immigration policy to be reunited for just three minutes.

Park Cannon, the Black, Queer, Millennial Woman in the Georgia State House, is a Very Vocal Minority

Park Cannon is one of just four openly LGBTQ Black officials in state legislatures nationwide. Here, she tells Colorlines about her unorthodox path to becoming a state representative, the homophobia she faced during the election and some of the things that inspired her along the way.

Janet Mock and Alicia Garza Talk Race, Gender at United Nations

The activists and others presented at the United Nations as part of the Recognition, Justice and Development: Women of African descent event.

WATCH: Pakistani Student Asks President Obama How He's Supporting Non-Binary People

Non-binary Muslim student Maria Munir spoke to President Obama at an event in London over the weekend.

Half a Million People May Soon Lose Access to Planned Parenthood

Two dozen state legislatures have moved forward with efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. But one of the major tactics—blocking the health care centers from accepting Medicaid—is likely illegal.

#TransLiberationTuesday Shines Light on Trans People of Color

White trans artist Micah Bazant runs a weekly collaborative art project creating portraits that celebrate trans people of color in life, not just in memoriam.

Pushing Past Tokenism

La Sarmiento has been a leader of American LGBTQ and people-of-color Buddhist communities for close to a decade. I caught up with the trans, queer Filipino teacher before a silent retreat to discuss the dynamics of race and gender in a world that is typically White, cisgender and straight.

SCOTUS Unanimously Affirms 'One Person, One Vote' Principle

In an 8-0 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed that nonvoters should continue to be counted when dividing up congressional districts. This is a big voting rights win for people of color.

The FDA Just Removed An Important Barrier to Abortion Access

The FDA just updated the labeling for a drug used in medication abortions. It's a move that knocks down a major barrier to early access, particularly for people in Ohio, Texas and North Dakota.

Supreme Court Hears Another Religious Challenge to Contraceptive Coverage

Zubik v. Burwell continues a series of legal challenges by religious groups to the contraceptive coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

New Documentary Reveals Just Hard It Can Be to Get an Abortion in the South

"TRAPPED" shows how anti-abortion TRAP laws are having real-life consequences for women of color and poor women in the South—from long waits to refusals due to short staffing. It also provides a glimpse into the lives of doctors who travel hundreds of miles each month trying to serve every woman in need—and often failing. 

Supreme Court Prevents Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law from Going Into Effect

The Justices announced late Friday that they were blocking the Louisiana law, which would close all but one clinic in the state by requiring hospital admitting privileges.

A crowd of people stands before the Supreme Court building.

The Supreme Court Heard Arguments in the Biggest Abortion Case of Our Lifetime, and I Was in the Building

Oral arguments for Whole Woman's Heath v. Hellerstedt, the case centered on a Texas law that could make or break U.S. abortion access, were pretty muted. Outside, hundreds of activists, dominated by abortion rights supporters, chanted, sang and flashed their signs.