Melissa Cruz
Melissa is a freelance journalist, fiction writer, feminist killjoy, and all-around nerd from Atlanta, Georgia, with work featured in USA Today and the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Magazine. Her favorite beats to cover are race, education, and gender. When she isn't writing, she enjoys downloading podcasts she'll never find the time to listen to, being a cat lady, seeping into the folds of her couch while watching mindless reality television, and dressing up as people who don't exist.

Latest Articles

Twitter Isn't Sure About Rick Perry Replacing Steve Bannon

Also known as the head of alt-right site Breitbart, Steve Bannon has been ousted from his National Security Council role and replaced by Rick Perry. To say the least, the internet's gone wild. Appropriately, too — considering the administration's cho…
By Melissa Cruz

Rick Perry Will Take Steve Bannon's Place On The NSC

I think it's absolutely fair to say that the bar was set pretty low as far as expectations go for the National Security Advisor position — perhaps that's why Rick Perry replacing Steve Bannon for the job actually feels like a better move, given the c…
By Melissa Cruz

What We Learn From Mike Pence's "Mother" Nickname

Vice President Mike Pence is known for many things: the homophobic policies he instated while governor of Indiana, his fierce opposition to women's health care, his tendency to defer to the Bible over the Constitution. Yet another facet of the vice p…
By Melissa Cruz

Title X Funding Can't Cover Most Abortions

Vice President Mike Pence seems bound and determined to limit women's ability to have an abortion, even if it comes at the cost of revoking funding for family planning services and women's preventive health services. In a tie-breaking vote in the Sen…
By Melissa Cruz

Part Of Atlanta's Interstate 85 Collapsed & Is On Fire

A major, heavily congested north-south route for the Southeastern United States, Interstate 85, collapsed in Atlanta on Thursday evening after a massive fire ravaged through the north end of the city. Local reports indicate that all lanes are blocked…
By Melissa Cruz

Support Planned Parenthood Even After Pink Out Day Ends

Planned Parenthood wants to remind its supporters: on Wednesday, we wear pink. If you've seen the color overtake your social media this week, Planned Parenthood has done its job — the embattled women's health care clinic planned to cover the internet…
By Melissa Cruz

Sean Spicer Absurdly Says Trump Is Prioritizing Women's Empowerment

Trump's White House press secretary is known for his spin in the press briefing room, no doubt, but this statement takes the cake. On Wednesday, Sean Spicer claimed that Trump has made women's empowerment a priority. Perhaps what's worse is that he s…
By Melissa Cruz

This Is Why The Freedom Caucus Won't Vote On Trumpcare

President Trump and company have spent the last two weeks attempting to woo skeptical Republicans on the merits of the American Health Care Act, but have so far failed to impress those they need the most. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly …
By Melissa Cruz

The Supreme Court Rules Against Gorsuch's Ruling

Less than an hour into his hearing, the Supreme Court unanimously decided that Gorsuch was wrong on a major disability decision he had written in a 2008 case. While it may not flip his chances at the nomination, critics have been quick to point at Go…
By Melissa Cruz

Here Is How Expensive Trump's Golf Trips Are

We've heard it time and time again — on President Trump's Twitter feed, from right-wing correspondents, and the decidedly gray area where those two worlds meet. "Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., Preside…
By Melissa Cruz

More Evidence That The White House Allegedly Lied

In the two months since President Trump was sworn in, rumors have swirled around the inauguration — about the crowd size, whether or not it was raining during the president's address, and so on. Thanks to some perfectly timed aerial shots, we know th…
By Melissa Cruz

These Revised Travel Ban Memes Praise Hawaii

President Trump may have called a federal court's decision to block the latest version of his travel ban "the sad news," but folks on Twitter are finding plenty of reason to laugh. Thanks to a Hawaiian judge's decision that immediately created a nati…
By Melissa Cruz

Trump Might Try To Overturn Hawaii's Travel Ruling

A federal judge has dealt another blow to the Trump administration, blocking the president's latest version of his highly contentious travel ban. Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii halted the most recent executive order nationwide Wednesday afternoon in …
By Melissa Cruz

The "Workplace Bill Of Rights" Helps You Get Ahead

It's hard out there for women in the workforce. We already make just 80 cents to every dollar compared to our male counterparts, a statistic that only gets worse when you factor a woman's race into the equation. Compound a frequently discriminatory r…
By Melissa Cruz

Jon Huntsman May Be The Next Ambassador To Russia

Given the Trump administration's continuously evolving narrative around Russia, it's probably safe to say a great deal of thought went into the person filling the role of U.S. ambassador to Russia. President Trump has reportedly tapped Jon Huntsman f…
By Melissa Cruz

Alec Baldwin Reveals How His Trump Role Formed

If you imagined Alec Baldwin spending hours in the actor's chair perfecting his Donald Trump impersonation — how else could he make it so spot-on? — you may be surprised to learn how the presidential character was created. It turns out that Baldwin's…
By Melissa Cruz

The Democratic Response To Trump Needs A Change

The official Democratic response to President Trump's first joint congressional address, led by former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, painted a very particular picture of the Democratic Party in the Republican-controlled era. Beshear's response highlig…
By Melissa Cruz

These Democrats Want Jeff Sessions To Resign

Et tu, Jeff Sessions? The Trump administration's alleged entanglements with Russia continue to expand the further we get into the Republican presidency. Justice Department officials have revealed that Sessions, President Trump's recently appointed at…
By Melissa Cruz

It Might Be Time For Your "Oprah 2020" Signs

America may continue its trend of television personalities turned politicians, but with a potentially far more likable candidate the next time around. The former queen of daytime talk and television mogul Oprah Winfrey hinted she may run for presiden…
By Melissa Cruz

Finally, There's Some Pro-Choice Good News

With the Trump administration seemingly determined to rollback reproductive rights at every possible turn, it's great to finally get some good news for pro-choice advocates. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state's 24-hour waiting ban for…
By Melissa Cruz