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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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.

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17 Women of Color Who Rocked the Resistance in 2017

During an intensely challenging year, they stood out in their efforts to fight for social justice in politics, media, art and culture. 

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WATCH: A Reminder That You Have One More Week to Sign Up for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act open enrollment period ends on December 15.

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What You Need to Know About the LGBTQ Discrimination Case Currently Before the Supreme Court

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission addresses the question of whether a creative business can refuse to serve LGBTQ customers on religious grounds.

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3 Things You Should Know About HHS Secretary Nominee Alex Azar

Meet President Donald Trump’s new choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

What Would it Take to Actually End Intimate Violence?

Transformative justice activist Mia Mingus reflects on responding to sexual assault without creating more harm.

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Motherhood, Poverty and Privacy in Trump's America

A legal scholar argues that poor mothers are stripped of their right to privacy under the conditions of the state benefits system—and that the situation could get much worse.

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Judge Says Trump Administration Can't Stop Funding Surgeries for Transgender Service Members

A second federal judge blocked Trump’s transgender military ban.

5 #TransWeek Tweets That Highlight the Experiences of Trans People of Color

Transgender Awareness Week seeks to “raise the visibility of transgender and gender nonconforming people, and address the issues the community faces.”

Don't Miss Obamacare Open Enrollment

Despite attempts by the federal government to repeal the ACA, you can still sign up for a health care plan.

What Does the FBI's New 'Black Identity Extremist' Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says surveillance reform expert Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. What overcomes paranoia is principles.”

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Three Lessons From Adrienne Maree Brown's 'Emergent Strategy'

There have been many opportunities to put into practice the messages, drawn from the natural world, of brown’s latest book.

House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

It’s unlikely to pass in the Senate.

A Maternity Care Desert Threatens Lower Income Women in Washington, D.C.

The closure of two labor and delivery wards in D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods presents a challenge for communities with already alarmingly high maternal and infant mortality rates.

Racial Justice March to Center Black Women and Girls

Monica Simpson, co-chair of the March for Black Women: “We are marching to say that Black women’s lives matter, that Black mamas matter, and to call for an end to systems and policies that deny our dignity.”

These Interpreters Are Bringing a Radical Approach to Language Access

Addressing power dynamics, decentering English and working to level the playing field for non-English speakers are crucial aspects of their approach.

In the Face of Federal Gridlock, States Are Moving Forward With New Abortion Laws

While the federal government isn’t moving much policy, state legislatures across the country have been busy reducing or increasing abortion access at nearly equal rates.

New Target for Statue Removal: 'Father of Gynecology' Who Operated on Enslaved Black Women

J. Marion Sims, a White doctor who performed countless operations without anesthesia, has become a new target for statue removal in New York City.

How Safe is Your Digital Life?

From two-factor verification to encrypted messaging, we’re paying more attention than ever to digital security. In this Q+A, queer POC tech activists Tania Lee and Slammer walk us through how to stay safe and sane in this hostile political moment.