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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 employees 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 and workshops are designed to help employees learn about LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people and to develop the competencies to work with and serve them. More information about our training programs and workshops for schools, human service organizations, businesses, governmental agencies, and employers of all kinds can be found below.

Funding for Persad's eligible training programs and workshops is made possible because of a grant from FedEx Ground.

For information about training programs or to schedule a consultation, contact our Training Department.

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

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  • 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.  This training is 2-2.5 hours long with no attendance limit.

  • NEW!  Gender Diversity 201 builds upon fundamental LGBTQ+ training and focuses in on the specific experiences and needs of the Gender Diversity community including transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender fluid, etc. This training examines some of the health, social and legal disparities facing the gender diverse community with a discussion of vocabulary, definitions and pronouns. We look at how living within a context of discrimination and exposure to systemic aggression and micro-aggressions can lead to internalization and unhealthy behaviors.  The subject of bathroom usage is covered with an overview of what guidance federal laws and statutes provide. The workshop uses extensive hands-on activities; large and small group exercises, role playing, situational scenarios as well as individual and one-on-one activities designed to help the participant understand what their past experiences with the subject of gender have been and how that is informing their current outlook.  The program concludes with group exercises synthesizing all of the training’s elements, giving participants practical examples of what they can do to provide support and advocacy for the gender diverse community.  This training is 2 hours long, is available only in-person with a maximum of 30 participants.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.


  • Out From the Past delves into ancient and European LGBTQ+ history as well as the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Additionally, people and events from the past who have shaped our future will also be highlighted.

  • Building Change or How to Be a Hero is a look at some of the unsung champions from our past including those folks who stood up and said (sometimes in a shaky voice) “no!” We’ll finish with tips on creating safe and welcoming spaces.

  • What’s in a Name? examines the specific letters in the LGBTQ+ “alphabet soup,” the history and usage, as well as a few of the more recent terms in the gender diverse community.

  • Reclaiming Their Time--This discussion is about women whose early victories and remarkable contributions paved the way for the
    LGBTQ+ community.

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Two colleagues, a transgender woman and african american person

Your support makes a real difference for LGBTQ+ people.

2,183 individuals received LGBTQ+ competency training last year

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

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