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

Persad Perspectives

Meet Board Member, Dr. Zandrea Ambrose

Posted November 29th, 2017

“I hope we find a cure and I’m out of a job some day soon and I can work on something else,” says Zandrea Ambrose, Associate Professor of Medicine and HIV researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

Pondering The Future of Healthcare

Posted March 22nd, 2017

With the future of healthcare policy being debated in Congress and throughout the country, we are hopeful that everyone will stay informed about the needs of the LGBTQ communities we serve at PERSAD Center. LGBTQ people face a variety of unique health disparities when compared to the general population. Your voice and involvement are essential to help assure that access to critical services are not disrupted by policy changes.

Working Toward an AIDS-free Generation

Posted November 20th, 2013

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st of each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. The first-ever global health day, World AIDS Day began in 1988.

Back To School

Posted September 2nd, 2013

It is once again the season where parents, students, and teachers prepare for the start of a new school year.

An Exodus From Reparative “Therapy”

Posted June 25th, 2013

I try to avoid giving energy to things that I think are undeserving of attention, but felt I needed to make an exception in the case of the recent news from Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry created to “repair” the homosexual. Exodus International President, Alan Chambers, apologized to the gay community and announced that Exodus would discontinue its practice of trying to repair and mold the homosexual into a “God-intended” heterosexual identity.

Courage For a New Year

Posted January 9th, 2013

Some years contain more fun and good memories, and some years bring more challenges and sadness. I am frankly glad to have a new year to work with, and I'm grateful for the calendar turning to 2013.

Two Sides to the Closet Door

Posted October 4th, 2012

On October 12th we will celebrate National Coming Out Day. This day acknowledges the fact that many individuals who are gay hide in response to a stigmatizing culture that does not fully embrace them. It also encourages individuals to throw open the closet door, and suggests that to do so impacts on that stigma and moves us toward a more accepting culture.