Adri Perez is a native fronterizx, transgender, queer educator and activist who uses their voice to inspire change in both people and their community.
Adri Perez is a native El Pasoan who graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2016, with a B.S. in Biochemistry. While at UTEP, Perez was apart of a peer education group that helped educate fellow classmates on sex education. Adri was also apart of an outreach program at the YWCA Paso del Norte which discussed sex education. Apart from being an educator, Perez co-founded an organization called West Fund. West Fund strives to make abortions and other healthcare services accessible to all people
They also worked with Fund Texas Choice; an organization focused on helping people have access to abortions. In 2017, while working on behalf of Fund Texas Choice, Perez had the opportunity to give a personal statement against Senate Bill 6: the “bathroom bill.”
( http://whatsuppub.com/news/local/article_9edf0bac-0f22-11e7-9fe6-dbdf597e1cd4.html ). Perez worked for Ngage New Mexico and also co-founded the Fronterizx Fianza Fund, an activist group that grants bonds for immigrants that are being held in detention facilities
Today, Perez works for the ACLU of Texas as the head of the LGBTQ+ advocacy on the Sexuality and Gender Equality Team and as a policy and advocacy strategist. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas is an organization that works to protect the civil rights and liberties of all Texans
Adri’s service towards their community has earned them various awards and recognitions. In 2015, they were named “Campus Organizer of the Year” while attending UTEP. In 2019, Perez received the “Rising Star” Award from the League of Women Voters of El Paso. Later that same year, they were also awarded the “Golden Girl” Award from the El Paso Queer Bar Association.
Perez was a member of Danza Azteca Omecoatl, a group from El Paso that performs traditional Aztec dances for several different community events. In a 2014 article, Perez explains how Danza helped them realize that the pronouns They/Them and two-spirits is what describes themselves best.
Today, Adri continues to use their love for advocacy to fight for the civil rights of all people.