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


Older Adult Services

PERSAD Older Adult Services include: 

Resource Referrals

If you are looking for assistance on any issue that affects your health, well-being, and quality of life, our senior specialist will help you find the right resources to meet your needs.

Intimate Partner Abuse Program

PERSAD CENTER helps individuals to examine the negative patterns in their relationships, how to spot the triggers for violence, and teaches skills to stop the cycles of abuse. Participants in our program are taught to recognize and communicate their thoughts and feelings more effectively. 

Transgender Services

Our specialized transgender counseling services include opportunities for gender evaluation, individual, couples, group counseling, family education programs, and referrals. We work with a network of compassionate professionals to assist clients with legal services, primary medical care, hormone treatment, and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

PERSAD also serves as an advocate for gender-non-conforming people who have experienced discrimination. 

Substance Abuse Treatment

PERSAD recognizes that when LGBTQ people suffer from addiction that they may be better treated by a specialist who not only knows addiction treatment, but also is sensitive and competent in LGBTQ cultures.

LGBTQ identity does not cause addiction, but it may complicate recovery from addiction. Persad therapists are able to help individuals to stop addictive patterns and to learn how to live as an LGBTQ person without drugs.



PERSAD Center is committed to stopping the spread of HIV by providing information that helps individuals to reduce or eliminate risks of contracting HIV and by providing interventions to help individuals who are at high risk for HIV transmission. PERSAD has HIV specialists who can meet with you to assess your risks and provide you with information to keep yourself safe. PERSAD Center also provides interventions that have been proven effective by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). Contact us to learn more about a program that would assist you. 

Western Pennsylvania SAGE at Persad

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources for LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people,

Youth Programs

PERSAD Center provides services to prevent and respond to the negative outcomes that can occur when affirming support is not present. We also work with families and other allies to help them provide support for these youth. 

Our Youth Program services include:


Safe Spaces – Suicide Prevention

PERSAD'S Safe Spaces program engages youth in creating their own outreach projects to help reduce the incidence of suicide and depression among their peers. 

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