Pérez has been a freelance journalist for over a decade, publishing over 100 articles and countless blog posts. Their writing is a mix of feature-length reporting, commentary and personal essay. They have written about a variety of topics, but many of them relate to the worlds of race, gender and health. Pérez has contributed writing to the New York Times, Colorlines, Splinter (formerly Fusion), Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, Rewire News (formerly RH Reality Check), The Nation, Bitch Magazine, Ms. Magazine, The Frisky and More Magazine, among others.


As a Former Abortion Doula, Here is How I’m Facing the Dawn of a Post-Roe World
Truthout, June 27, 2022

A Guide to Having a Doula-Supported Birth
Swell, August 8, 2020

A Second Life for Flowers
New York Times, March 10, 2020

The Danger of Being Pregnant and Black in America
The Guardian, May 2, 2019

Black Maternal Health Week Shines Spotlight on Black-Led Solutions
Rewire.News, April 16, 2019

Are Gay Men Able to Adopt Faster Than Other Couples?
Rewire.News, December 14, 2018

Where Are all the Sperm Donors of Color?
Rewire.News, November 28, 2018

Racism Kills: What Community-Level Interventions Can Do About It
Rewire.News, November 9, 2018

Latinos Born Outside Hospitals Face Scrutiny Over Citizenship—and Lawyers Say Tactics Are Escalating Under Trump
Rewire.News, October 30, 2018

Racism Kills: What Cultural Connection Can Do About It
Rewire.News, October 17, 2018

How This DC Birth Center is Building the ‘Answer for Black Women’
Rewire.News, July 31, 2018

Racism Kills: What Self-Regulation Can Do About It
Rewire.News, July 24, 2018

The Women Behind the Statue
Rewire.News, June 1, 2018

Despite Gentrification, Black D.C. Neighborhood Gets First Bookstore in 20 Years
Colorlines, February 28, 2018

Making Pregnancy Safer for Women of Color
New York Times, February 14, 2018

Queer and Trans Activists of Color Speak Out on the Future of Activism
Colorlines, February 1, 2018

Why Immigration Status Has a Bigger Impact on Reproductive Rights Than You Think
Colorlines, January 22, 2018

‘Next World Tarot’ is the Tarot Deck of Your Apocalyptic Dreams
Colorlines, January 11, 2018

17 Women of Color Who Rocked the Resistance in 2017
olorlines, December 18, 2017

What Would it Take to Actually End Intimate Violence?
Colorlines, November 28, 2017

Motherhood, Poverty and Privacy in Trump’s America
Colorlines, November 22, 2017

What Does the FBI’s New ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?
Colorlines, October 26, 2017

A Maternity Care Desert Threatens Lower Income Women in Washington, D.C.
Colorlines, September 28, 2017

These Interpreters Are Bringing a Radical Approach to Language Access
Colorlines, September 11, 2017

How Safe is Your Digital Life?
Colorlines, July 31, 2017

It’s Been 1 Year Since the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
Colorlines, June 12, 2017

This Latinx Installation Artist is Making Piñatas That Say Something About Race, Culture and Queerness
Colorlines, May 4, 2017

In a New Memoir, Dr. Willie Parker Pushes for a ‘New Theology of Abortion’
Colorlines, April 7, 2017

Progressive Religious Leaders Say They’re Seeing a Post-Trump Bump in Spiritual Engagement
Colorlines, March 31, 2017

A New Subscription Service Aims to Give White Allies a Way to Do More Than Rocking Safety Pins
Colorlines, March 8, 2017

An Interfaith Group of Clergy is ‘Blessing’ New and Existing Abortion Clinics
Colorlines, February 7, 2017

At the Women’s March on Washington I Realized My People Are My Lighthouse
Colorlines, January 22, 2017

16 Women of Color Who Made History in 2016
Colorlines, December 31, 2016

Healers of Color on Why Self-Care is Not Self-Indulgence
Colorlines, December 16, 2016

‘While There is Despair, I Am Not Hopeless’ A Conversation with adrienne maree brown
Colorlines, December 2, 2016

I’m Cuban-American. I have a problem with the reactions to Fidel Castro’s death
Fusion, November 29, 2016

Trans Folks: Everything You Need to Know About Updating Your IDs Before Trump Takes Office Colorlines, November 20, 2016

Meet the Man Who Proved That Discrimination Can Make You Physically Sick
Colorlines, September 16, 2016

In the Six Months After 9/11, Arab Women Were More Likely to Have Poor Birth Outcomes
Colorlines, September 9, 2016

My parents fled Castro’s Cuba. 55 years later, I visited for the first time. 
Fusion, August 31, 2016

Meet the Man Putting Himself on the Line to Provide Abortions in the Deep South
Colorlines, August 15, 2016

HEAL Project Tackles Child Sexual Abuse Using Survivors’ Videos, Theatre and Social Media
Colorlines, July 15, 2016

4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World is Terrible
Colorlines, July 7, 2016

When the One Place That Feels Like Home is Invaded
Colorlines, June 13, 2016

This Duo Wants to Turn the Most Reliable Voters–Black Women–Into Candidates
June 9, 2016

Park Cannon, the Black, Queer, Millennial Woman in the Georgia State House, is a Very Vocal Minority Colorlines, May 4, 2016

Pushing Past Tokenism
Colorlines, March 14, 2016

Supreme Court Hears Another Religious Challenge to Contraceptive Coverage
Colorlines, March 22, 2016

The Supreme Court Heard Arguments in the Biggest Abortion Case of Our Lifetime and I Was in the Building
Colorlines, March 3, 2016

Brown Girls Do Ballet Wants To Make More Misty Copelands
Colorlines, February 5, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About the Biggest Abortion Case In Our Lifetime
Colorlines, January 22, 2016

15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015
Colorlines, December 28, 2015

New Author Deepa Iyer Talks Post-9/11 Backlash and How ISIS’ Paris Attack Will Impact Brown Folks Here
Colorlines, November 17, 2015

Learning to Fight Oppression, One Joke at a Time
olorlines, November 4, 2015

Meet Richael Faithful, a Queer Black ‘Street Shaman’
Colorlines, October 21, 2015

Making More Doctors of Color, One Bus Trip at a Time
Colorlines, October 19, 2015

As Planned Parenthood Reels, Independent Abortion Providers Also Suffer–Under the Radar
olorlines, October 13, 2015

Navajo Midwives in New Mexico Plan First-Ever Native American Birth Center
Colorlines, September 29, 2015

Eboné Bell, Founder of Lesbian Magazine Tagg, Talks Racism, Labels and Building From Scratch
Colorlines, September 9, 2015

Meet the Women Trying to Be the ‘Left Flank’ of the Repro Rights Movement
Colorlines, September 4, 2015

The Comedy About 2 Trans Women of Color You Don’t Want to Miss
Colorlines, September 1, 2015

Infographic: Race and Recovery 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina
Colorlines, August 28, 2015

The ‘Big Gal’ Yogi You Should be Following on Instagram
Colorlines, August 11, 2015

5 Reasons Why the Latest Attacks on Planned Parenthood Matter to People of Color
Colorlines, August 5, 2015

Surprising New Poll Shows Public Support For Government Funding of Abortion
Colorlines, July 29, 2015

Meet the Burlesque Dancers ‘Bringing the Chocolate Back to Chocolate City’
Colorlines, July 24, 2015

Abortion Support Without Politics
Colorlines, July 14, 2015

What Happens Next is More Important Than Marriage
Colorlines, July 1, 2015

Doc About Black Lesbians Jailed for Self-Defense Hits TV Screens
Colorlines, June 22, 2015

New Anti-Abortion Billboards Give Reproductive Justice Activists Deja-Vu
Colorlines, June 17, 2015

‘No Más Bebés’ Exposes Sterilization Abuse Against Latinas in L.A.
Colorlines, June 2, 2015

Group for Young People with Wealth Raises Over $1 Million to Honor Michael Brown
Colorlines, May 20, 2015

A Mother’s Day Look at Life for Moms of Incarcerated Children
Colorlines, May 11, 2015

Harassed Online? HeartMob Plans to Have Your Back
Colorlines, May 1, 2015

Framing of Dove’s ‘Choose Beautiful’ Campaign is a Farce
Colorlines, April 15, 2015

Why I’m So Scared by the Purvi Patel Verdict
Colorlines, April 8, 2015

New Legs for ‘This Bridge Called My Back’
Colorlines, April 6, 2015

Meet the Latina Owner of the First LGBTQ Gym in the U.S.
Colorlines, March 25, 2015

‘Granny Midwives’ of the South
Colorlines, March 19, 2015

New Law Book Could Change the Face of Reproductive Rights
Colorlines, February 27, 2015

By Comparing Doulas to Amazon Prime, the New York Times Seriously Minimizes Our Impact
RH Reality Check, February 20, 2015

Ai-jen Poo: Elders and Their Caregivers Deserve Dignity
Colorlines, February 12, 2015

A Tale of Two Movements
Colorlines, January 22, 2015

Duo Creates Maternity Line Especially for Butches
Colorlines, January 21, 2015

Why I Don’t Want to Hear About Your Vacation to Cuba
Talking Points Memo, December 18, 2014

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014
Colorlines, December 17, 2014

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter
Colorlines, December 11, 2014

Femmes of Color Sound Off
Colorlines, December 3, 2014

Why Prison Doesn’t Work
Colorlines, December 2, 2014

Democrats Have a White Women Problem
Colorlines, November 6, 2014

Debunking the Myth that Latinos are Anti-Choice
Colorlines, November 3, 2014

A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men?
Colorlines, October 29, 2014

A New Labor Issue: Control Over Time
Colorlines, October 6, 2014

San Francisco Takes a Stand Against Abortion Restrictions Targeting Asian Women
Colorlines, September 23, 2014

The Teacher Wars Author Talks Race and Gender in American Education
Colorlines, September 17, 2014

Seven Important Facts About the Violence Against Women Act at 20
Colorlines, September 12, 2014

Minnesota Law Provides Birth Doulas for Incarcerated Women
Colorlines, September 4, 2014

New Report Says U.S. Healthcare Violates UN Convention on Racism
Colorlines, August 28, 2014

New Fellowship Prepares People of Color for Coding Careers
Colorlines, August 26, 2014

Black Feminists Respond to Ferguson
Colorlines, August 22, 2014

Fat Activists Take Body Acceptance to the Beach
Colorlines, August 7, 2014

An Open Letter to the NYTimes: Race and the Reproductive Rights Movement
Colorlines, July 31, 2014

New Children’s Book Series Highlights Queer Families of Color
Colorlines, July 29, 2014

‘Crack Baby’ Hysteria Returns
Colorlines, July 18, 2014

A New Way to Fight Health Disparities?
Colorlines, July 15, 2014

Three Reasons Why the Hobby Lobby Decision is Worse for Women of Color
Colorlines, July 1, 2014

How Doulas and Abortion Funds Are Alike: Addressing Gaps in the Medical System, Without Judgement
RH Reality Check, July 17, 2013

What Would a Decent Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign Look Like?
RH Reality Check, July 15, 2013

It’s Not Just the Diet: Racism is at Play in Immigrants’ Poor Health Outcomes
RH Reality Check, May 23, 2013

New Recommendations Say Labor Should Begin Naturally–When Will Medical Practice Change?
RH Reality Check, April 26, 2013

What is the Goal of the Doula Movement?
RH Reality Check, April 5, 2013

Backlash Against NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Tweaks, But Message Remains the Same
RH Reality Check, March 20, 2013

NYC Teen Pregnancy Campaign Brings Shaming to Bus Shelters and Cell Phones
RH Reality Check, March 5, 2013

Feminism’s Gender Identity Crisis
BillMoyers.com, March 1, 2013

New Study Shows Birth Centers Are a Quality Option for Low-Risk Births
RH Reality Check, February 20, 2013

The Meaning of Reproductive Justice: Simplify a Complex Concept
RH Reality Check, February 8, 2013

Remembering Those Still Waiting for the Promise of Roe
RH Reality Check, January 28, 2013

DC Advertises for Transgender Acceptance
Public Eye Magazine, January 7, 2013

Supporting Mothers at Any Age: How Media and Society Need to Change
RH Reality Check, December 18, 2012

Pro-choice Pregnancy and the Politics of Language
RH Reality Check, December 12, 2012

Contraception and the Changing Role of Medical Providers in an Over-the-Counter World
RH Reality Check, November 28, 2012

How Discrimination Leads to Health Disparities in the Transgender Community
RH Reality Check, November 14, 2012

Alarmist Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Trumping Efforts to Help Teen Parents Succeed
RH Reality Check, October 29, 2012

Race-based Health Disparities and the Politics of Difference: What Rates of HIV Among Latinos Tell Us
RH Reality Check, October 19, 2012

The Public Funding Debate: If We Don’t Fight the Hyde Amendment, We Will Lose Everything
RH Reality Check, October 3, 2012

A Transgender Father Challenges Breastfeeding Norms
RH Reality Check, September 7, 2012

Doula Comeback Tied to Gaps in Modern Birth Care
Women’s ENews, August 18, 2012

Is It Safe? Asking the Wrong Question in the Home Birth Debate
RH Reality Check, July 18, 2012

The Myth of the “Model Minority” and What it Means for Health Care
RH Reality Check, June 27, 2012

Preparing for the Trans Baby Boom
RH Reality Check, June 18, 2012

Maternity Care in a “Majority Minority” Country
RH Reality Check, May 31, 2012

Holding Pregnant Women and Providers to a Dangerous, Unattainable Standard
RH Reality Check, May 22, 2012

The Movement to Stop Prisons from Shackling Pregnant Inmates Builds
Colorlines.com, October 4, 2011

Havana, For Real
Ms. Magazine blog, July 7, 2011

Teen Moms Look for Support, Find Only Shame
Colorlines.com, May 6, 2011

Home Birth is Safer, Cheaper and Can End Disparities in Mom’s Dying
Colorlines.com, April 12, 2011

Past and Present Collide as Black Anti-Abortion Movement Grows
Colorlines, March 3, 2011

Anti-Abortion Bills Surging Through Capitol Hill—and States, Too
Colorlines.com, February 9, 2011

For Proof the DREAM Act’s a Good Idea, Look at Cuban Americans
Colorlines.com, December 8, 2010

Girl Talk: I’m a Doula
The Frisky, October 6, 2010

On Being a Radical Doula
SQUAT: An anarchist birth journal, June 2010

Advocating for Women: Tying Reproductive Rights to Opportunity.
The American Prospect, March 11, 2010

Worried About Women of Color? Thanks, but No Thanks, Anti-choicers. We’ve Got it Covered.
RH Reality Check, February 24, 2010

Surrogacy: The Next Frontier for Reproductive Justice
RH Reality Check, February 23, 2010

Below the Beltway
Bitch Magazine,Spring 2010

Delivering Affordable Health Care
The American Prospect, July 8, 2009

Barriers to Home Birth Fall in Washington State
RH Reality Check, May 7, 2009

The Cost of Being Born at Home
RH Reality Check, March 19, 2009

The Myth of the Elective C-section
RH Reality Check, July 7, 2008

Review of The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves
Gender and Development Journal, Spring 2008

Mi Companera
RH Reality Check, October 30, 2007

For Labor Day, A Play Considers Childbirth
RH Reality Check, September 13, 2007

Queering Reproductive Justice
RH Reality Check, May 31, 2007

Being a Radical Doula
The Nation.com, May 6, 2007

Accessing Choice
Campus Progress, January 16, 2007

Celebrity Philanthropy Corner: seeing (RED)
Bitch Magazine, Fall 2007

The Mispronounciation of My Name
National Women’s Health Network Newsletter, March/April 2007


Coming Back Around to Butch
Persistence: All Ways Butch & Femme
Arsenal Pulp Press, Forthcoming Spring 2011

Pillow Dancing and Other Failed Hetero Adventures
Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
Seal Press, May 2010

When Sexual Autonomy Isn’t Enough: Sexual Violence Against Immigrant Women in the United States
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape
Seal Press, December 2008

Black Tie Blues
Sinister Wisdom: Latina Lesbians
Issue 74, August 2008


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Feministing.com, Former Editor January 2008-2012