Persad Center, Inc.

OUR MISSION PERSAD CENTER’S MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE WELL-BEING OF THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUEER/QUESTIONING (LGBTQ) PEOPLE AND THOSE AFFECTED BY HIV/AIDS. THROUGH COUNSELING, PREVENTION, OUTREACH, TRAINING & ADVOCACY PERSAD CENTER BUILDS STRONGER, SAFER AND HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES. THROUGH COUNSELING, PREVENTION, OUTREACH, TRAINING & ADVOCACY PERSAD CENTER BUILDS STRONGER, SAFER AND HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES.

COUNSELING Founded in 1972, PERSAD CENTER is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center strengthening the LGBTQ communities. PERSAD was founded at a time when the mental health community response to someone who identified as LGBTQ was to try to change them and correct them as if it were the problem. PERSAD was created as an affirming counseling center to help LGBTQ people cope with the social discrimination they experienced and to receive professional counseling services without prejudice about their identify. In the early 1980’s PERSAD added serving the HIV/AIDS communities to our mission because of the devastating impact that AIDS had on the gay population of that time. PERSAD continues to serve the HIV+ individual regardless of their sexual or gender orientation.

PREVENTION Recognizing that LGBTQ people are at higher risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse, HIV and other STDs, homelessness, and for being the victims of violence, PERSAD has special programs to help the community be aware of their risks and to develop protective behaviors to reduce their risks.

OUTREACH There are two prongs to PERSAD’s Outreach efforts: forging powerful relationships with allies, and connecting LGBTQ and HIV+ people with the specialized services they need. In collaboration with allies and friends, PERSAD works to build stronger, safer, healthier communities and steer the public dialogue about LGBTQ people and issues.

Our target populations have experienced stigma and discrimination and because of that they do not enjoy the same access to quality care. PERSAD reaches out to our target populations and welcomes them to receive services they need.

PERSAD forges relationships with allies of our populations and helps our community to connect to friendly, welcoming and competent care.

TRAINING & ADVOCACY PERSAD offers an array of Training & Advocacy consultation services that are designed to help organizations work successfully with LGBTQ consumers and employees. We are dedicated to ending discrimination and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ people. Our Training & Advocacy services are available to health and human service professionals, schools, corporations, HR professionals, law enforcement and public safety officials.

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