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


Bringing Competent Services to LGBTQ Youth in Pennsylvania

The project provides agencies with a set of services including evaluation on a 56-point best practice scale, a survey of staff, training of staff and ongoing consultation. Having completed the first year of the project, significant improvements have been noted. Because of the consultation and work with PERSAD, all of the agencies re-surveyed after one year are showing improvements in implementing best practices. The results of staff training are also impressive, with staff members showing an average 40% increase in post-training tests compared to pre-test scores.

Training Programs


An overview of gender and sexual orientation and identity and the relevant issues for the work setting

Transgender 101

An overview of the basics to understanding the continuum of gender identity and expression, offers examples to gain sensitivity for the transgender person’s experience.

Culture Change Program

Environmental Scan

An examination of facilities, policies and procedures that results in a summary of strengths and opportunities for improvement. Creating environmental structures that are LGBTQ welcoming and competent is the goal.  

Organization Wide Survey

A standardized survey completed anonymously by all employees assists in further clarifying how the organization meets best practice standards for LGBTQ consumers. The summary report assists administrators in setting goals to measure their organization’s change process.

Safe Schools Project

We are concerned about the high rate of teen suicide among LGBTQ youth — reported to be 3-4 times higher than other youth. We are concerned about the high rate of LGBTQ youth homelessness, where our youth are 5-6 times overrepresented among the runaway and homeless youth populations. We are tired of hearing youth report daily abuse from bullying that goes unreported -- or worse -- unaddressed in our schools, and is often the trigger for suicidal and runaway behaviorjs.

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