Verónica Bayetti Flores

Verónica Bayetti Flores has spent the last years of her life living and breathing reproductive justice. She has led national policy and movement building work on the intersections of immigrants' rights, health care access, young parenthood, and LGBTQ liberation, and has worked to increase access to contraception and abortion, fought for paid sick leave, and demanded access to safe public space for queer youth of color. In 2008 Verónica obtained her Master’s degree in the Sexuality and Health program at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She loves cooking, making art, listening to music, and thinking about the ways art forms traditionally seen as feminine are valued and devalued. In addition to writing for Feministing, she is currently spending most of her time doing policy work to reduce the harms of LGBTQ youth of color's interactions with the police and making sure abortion care is accessible to all regardless of their income.

Posts Written by Verónica

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This stops today: Seeking strategies to end discriminatory policing

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the streets, and after that, national conversations about how to prevent this from happening again and again will once again catch fire. But what are our real options for justice?

Yesterday I once again stared in rage at my phone as the texts began streaming in: another white cop walks after the extrajudicial killing of a black man. Soon, people would be pouring into the ...

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Feministing Jamz: Tink responds to Ferguson

The excellent, young Chicago rapper Tink — who you may have heard featured on the Future Brown track of our last playlist — just put out a new track yesterday in response to the lack of an indictment of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Mike Brown. In moments like these, I am so thankful for the artists who are able to translate rage into art — which can then mobilize so many more. 

The excellent, young Chicago rapper Tink — who you may have heard featured on the Future Brown track of our last playlist — just put out a new track yesterday in response to the lack ...

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Feministing Jamz: A fall playlist featuring women & queers of color

Sometimes when I go a bit without writing about music, it’s because I’ve been too busy to find something new to post. But most of the time I have the opposite problem – there’s just so much cool new stuff, I don’t even know where to start.

Sometimes when I go a bit without writing about music, it’s because I’ve been too busy to find something new to post. But most of the time I have the opposite problem – there’s just so much ...

Queer and trans youth of color in NOLA demand accountability from police

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it will not come as a surprise to you that queer and trans people of color are routinely targeted by the police.

We Deserve Better, a new report by BreakOUT! — a badass organization working to end the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans — highlights exactly the ways queer and trans youth experience discriminatory policing at the hands of the NOPD. Perhaps most importantly, We Deserve Better also highlights the resiliency of these criminalized communities, and makes common-sense demands to address issues of safety.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it will not come as a surprise to you that queer and trans people of color are routinely targeted by

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