Persad Center

Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-impacted Communities

Training & Advocacy

In addition to responding to the needs of LGBTQ and HIV+ people, PERSAD seeks to change the culture to be more affirming, welcoming and competent to serve our target populations. Our cultural systems – schools, healthcare, faith centers, human services, police/public safety and other governmental agencies, and employers of all kinds – are part of the fabric of living that has stigmatized, excluded and/or discriminated against LGBTQ and HIV+ people. 

We recognize that even workers who are open minded and non-biased may lack experience with LGBTQ and HIV+ people, and are unlikely to receive training to assist them in the course of their standard education. PERSAD programs fill the gap in this lack of exposure and experience.

Training Programs

PERSAD’s training programs are designed to help workers and systems to learn about LGBTQ and HIV+ people and to develop the competencies to work with and serve them. For information about training programs, contact our training department at

Advocacy Services

PERSAD’s advocacy services are designed to educate the community to stand up against discrimination and to support individuals who have been victimized. For information about advocacy services, contact Ted Hoover at 1-888-873-7723 ext. 359 or

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