Miriam Zoila Pérez

Gender & Sexuality Columnist
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Gender & Sexuality 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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New Jersey Governor Authorizes Two Laws That Expand Access to Reproductive Health

Governor Phil Murphy restored funding for Planned Parenthood and increased Medicaid eligibility for family planning services.

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Lesbian Couple Sues Government After Being Denied Right to Foster Refugee Children

The couple linked with Lambda Legal to file the suit after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said they can’t welcome a child into their home because they don’t “mirror the Holy Family.”

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Planned Parenthood Launches Campaign to Advance Reproductive Rights Legislation in All 50 States

“We need to do more than just fight against the bad policies—now is the time to push for good ones.”

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5 Tools for Radical Self-Love on Valentine's Day

“On a day that is committed to commercialization around romantic love, what better thing to do than direct all of that juicy, yummy, love energy towards yourself?” asks Sonya Renee Taylor.

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This Queer Black Cancer Survivor Showed Her Mastectomy Scars at New York Fashion Week

Sex educator Ericka Hart received major applause when she revealed her scars at Cromat’s Fall 2018 show.

READ: Black Woman in Mississippi Charged With Second-Degree Murder After Stillbirth

Advocates fear this is the latest in a trend of women of color being criminalized for their pregnancy outcomes.

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New Billboard Campaign Counters 'Abortion Reversal' Misinformation

The Abortion Care Network put up billboards in the San Francisco Bay Area in response to the state nursing board’s recent approval of a course on medication abortion “reversal.”

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[REPORT] Stress from Racism Linked to Maternal and Infant Mortality for Black Women

Reseachers investigate the impact of discrimination on the growing crisis.

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Queer and Trans Activists of Color Speak Out on the Future of Activism

Priorities and hopes that are shaping the work of ten leaders for social change. 

Senate Rejects Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

“This vote served as a useless exercise to unsuccessfully undermine the rights of pregnant individuals.”

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Senate Confirms Alex Azar as New Head of the Department of Health and Human Services

“We fear that HHS is badly off-course and doubt Mr. Azar will make the changes needed to really put patients’ interests first.”

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ICYMI: Trump Administration Creates New Division to Protect 'Conscience Rights' of Providers

Advocates argue that the new ‘Conscience and Religious Freedom’ division of the Office of Civil Rights will allow broad discrimination against women and LGBT people.

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Why Immigration Status Has a Bigger Impact on Reproductive Rights Than You Think

On the 45th anniversary of the passage of Roe v. Wade, non-citizen immigrant women find themselves facing increasingly difficult options.

Forum Explores Widespread Discrimination Experienced by People of Color

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation forum focused on community-driven solutions to discrimination in health, housing and policing.

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'Next World Tarot' is the Tarot Deck of Your Apocalyptic Dreams

Queer Latina artist Cristy C. Road’s new deck uses original illustrations of queer people of color to create an otherworldly tool for reflection and intuition.

Campaign Aims to Give California Public University Students Full Access to Reproductive Care

The justCARE campaign introduced legislation that would improve access to medication abortion for public university students.

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READ: Midwifery Is on the Rise in Native Communities

A new Rewire article explores the efforts to reintegrate traditional birthing practices in Native communities in the United States and Canada.

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New Study Shows a Historic Increase in Laws Supportive of Reproductive Rights in 2017

But with slightly more anti-choice state laws also enacted last year, it’s an increasingly divided climate going into 2018.

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Start the New Year With These 7 Reproductive Justice Resolutions

Sistersong invited organizations that support reproductive justice to share their #RJResolutions for 2018. Here are seven of our favorites.

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2017 Favorite: 'Coco'

The Colorlines team is sharing our favorite 2017 videos, books, hashtags, movies and more. Here, gender and sexuality columnist Miriam Zoila Pérez breaks down why “Coco” is their favorite movie of the year.