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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Pondering The Future of Healthcare

Posted March 22nd, 2017

With the future of healthcare policy being debated in Congress and throughout the country, I’m 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.

Introducing Our New Website and Our New E-newsletter

Posted May 16th, 2013

PERSAD CENTER is pleased to welcome you to our new website, designed to let you know what is happening at the agency and what we are doing to help the LGBTQ community. Our companion e-newsletter is brand new too, and we encourage you to share the news with friends and allies.

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.

Practicing Wellness

Posted November 6th, 2012

It was fun to participate in PERSAD’s first "5K Run & Fun Walk" this past weekend. One participant told me that he used to walk every morning but had gotten out of the habit — and perhaps this would get him started again. He said that besides the great exercise, the walking also helped him to clear his head and to feel emotionally better too. We all need a regular wellness habit. With PERSAD’s mission to improve the well-being of the community, our counselors frequently talk to clients about the need to develop a wellness practice.