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In addition to responding to the needs of LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people, Persad seeks to change the culture to be more affirming, welcoming and competent to serve our target populations. Our cultural systems – schools, healthcare, faith centers, human services, police/public safety and other governmental agencies, and employers of all kinds – are part of the fabric of living that has stigmatized, excluded and/or discriminated against LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people. 


We recognize that even workers who are open minded and non-biased may lack experience with LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people, and are unlikely to receive training to assist them in the course of their standard education. Persad’s programs fill the gap in this lack of exposure and experience.



Persad’s training programs are designed to help workers and systems to learn about LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people and to develop the competencies to work with and serve them. More information about training programs for schools, human service organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, and employers of all kinds can be found below. We have broken down our available trainings into four categories to make it easy to find what you're looking for. Those categories are:

For information about training programs or to schedule a consultation, contact:

Melissa Perkins



412-441-9786 ext 214

Don't just take our word for it.
Check out these testimonials from some of our training participants:

“The session was great and opened a new understanding and compassion for the youth we serve and challenged me to learn more.”

- A teacher in Pittsburgh

“I learned so much today – honestly had no idea about all the information presented. It was very relevant to my job.”

- A teacher in Armstrong County

“All of this was extremely helpful. Thank you so much. I wish everyone in the universe could have this training!"

- A teacher in Beaver County

“Probably the best (most relevant & well presented) training that I have ever had in 12 years!

- A teacher in Fayette County

“Excellent training with knowledgeable instructor.”

- A therapist in Butler County




  • LGBTQ+ 101 gives participants a basic understanding of the fundamental LGBTQ+ experience. The training examines issues of gender and sexuality identity, with a review of vocabulary and terminology. The context of discrimination experienced by the LGBTQ+ community will be explored as well as the resulting negative health disparities. The program finishes with strategies to create welcoming and affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ clients, customers, students and staff.

  • SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression) builds upon fundamental LGBTQ+ training with a deeper look at the sexuality and gender continuums and moving beyond the binary. Participants will learn the differences between identity, expression and understanding of self, and the importance of name and pronoun usage. Additionally, participants will examine the coming out process for both sexual and gender identities.


  • A History of Pride explores the struggle for LGBTQ+ acceptance in the United States in the 20th century and the creation of a national LGBTQ+ Civil Rights movement. Participants will learn about Frank Kameny, the Comstock Laws, Jeanne Manford, the Mattachine Society and why a woman named Brenda is the reason America celebrates Pride every June.

  • LGBTQ+ History is designed to increase knowledge of LGBTQ+ history. The focus will primarily be on LGBTQ+ history in the United States, but ancient and European LGBTQ+ history will be discussed as well. Additionally, LGBTQ+ historical individuals will also be highlighted.

  • Still, They Resisted celebrates a few of the unsung heroes of the LGBTQ+ movement. We all know Harvey Milk and Ellen DeGeneres, but what about Aaron Fricke who announced, for the first time in America, he was taking a boy to the school prom? We’ll talk about, among others, Barbara Gittings and Perry Watkins, Marsha P. Johnson and Michael Callen. One of the challenges the LGBTQ+ community has faced is having our history go unreported, “straight washed” or taken away from us … “Still, They Resisted” shows that we’ve been here and queer and fighting for a long time.


  • Working with LGBTQ+ Seniors is an program developing the tools necessary to welcome LGBTQ+ seniors to your program and/or facility. Discussion will center on the concerns LGBTQ+ seniors have for safety – both emotional and physical – as well as the health risks and disparities experienced in the senior population. Best practices will be explored to and resources shared for on-going education.

  • Working with Parents and Families is a training designed for professionals who interact with families and adolescents. The program provides information on the impact of family rejection, and the health disparities experienced, by LGBTQ+ adolescents. The training helps workers understand the sources of family rejection and presents strategies to help families develop skills to support their children.


  • The Birds and the Bees examines the components of puberty and adolescence with LGBTQ+ youth. Participants will become familiar will the prevalence of domestic abuse/dating violence in LGBTQ+ relationships with a focus on adolescent relationship abuse. The dynamics of healthy relationships will be reviewed and ways to make sex education lessons inclusive for LGBTQ+ individuals.

  • Health Disparities among LGBTQ+ Youth increases awareness of the disparities existing in the LGBTQ+ community. While much of the information is drawn from the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey which highlights risky behavior among youth, there will be information relating to suicide, addiction and homelessness.

  • LGBTQ+ Youth Bullying is designed to increase sensitivity to the issue of bullying and LGBTQ+ youth. Participants will learn the definitions of bullying behaviors, incidence rates and the differing experiences of LGBTQ+ youth and their non-LGBTQ+ peers. The training provides best practice strategies for Bullying Prevention and exercises on how to apply these practices.


  • PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act, Youth-Focused) provides a basic understanding of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. The training is structured to assist the participant in learning definitions and terms related to PREA, and to increase knowledge of gender non-conforming youth. Participants will develop strategies to assure the physical and emotional safety of LGBTQ+ youth.

  • Trauma. This training begins with a review of adolescent brain development and then follows with a discussion of trauma. Adverse Childhood Experiences is reviewed along with the ways in which individuals process trauma. The importance of self-reliance is discussed and ways in which staff can help LGBTQ+ youth discover their own resiliency

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Your support makes a real difference for LGBTQ+ people.


2,183 individuals received LGBTQ+ competency training last year

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Youth-serving organizations in 12 counties received LGBTQ+ competency training last year