More than 3 million Americans over the age of 65 are LGBTQ+ — and this number is expected to double by 2030. Persad Center is dedicated to providing caring, confidential services that match the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people as they age. We draw upon decades of experience working with the LGBTQ+ community to deliver support and services that help older adults live full, healthy and independent lives. 

Persad’s SAGE Older Adult Services include: 



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.



A weekly gathering for LGBTQ+ Seniors & Boomers (ages 50+) at Persad Center. Enjoy free coffee & danish in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Strike up a conversation with old & new friends! The traditional in-person schedule is Tuesdays 8:30 - 11:30 AM and 2nd & 4th Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Persad Center. The current schedule due to the the Covid-19 Pandemic is Tuesdays 7:00 PM on Zoom and Thursdays at 10:00 AM for socially distanced in-person connection at Westinghouse Park.


To attend Coffee & Conversation on Zoom, please email nexus@pghequalitycenter.org, and log-in or call-in information will be sent back to you. To attend at Westinghouse Park, please come to the corner of Thomas Blvd and North Lane Ave in Point Breeze. Bring your chairs and any food or drink for yourself. In case of inclement weather, cancellations will be made by 9:00 AM and posted to the SAGE Facebook pageContact Melissa Perkins for more information. Presented by Persad Center & sponsored by AARP. 



If you are unable to get to us to receive the help you need, our friendly visitors can bring needed services to you. Persad has a group of competent and compassionate volunteers who are willing to help.

To access any of these services, please contact our Community Programs Manager Melissa Perkins.

Melissa Perkins



412-441-9786 ext. 116

Western Pennsylvania SAGE at Persad

Persad is proud to be the western Pennsylvania affiliate of the national organization SAGE: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders. Through our affiliation with this national organization, we are able to stay on top of the most up to date information and resources available for LGBTQ+ elders.


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 LGBTQ+ older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBTQ+ older people.


As part of our affiliation, Western Pennsylvania SAGE at Persad provides a variety of older adult services. Persad also offers the National Resource Center training on LGBTQ+ elders to groups that serve or are interested in learning more about this population of consumers.