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Persad Center, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention


Persad Center’s mission is to improve the well being of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and HIV+ communities through advocacy, outreach, education, prevention, and counseling services.   

Programs: Non-judgmental counselors help GLBT people deal with depression, anxiety, fear, grief, stress, conflict, prejudice, and coming out.  Persad Center's counselors are specially trained and particularly sensitive to experiences common among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Psychiatric services are also available when needed.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 1

Really? This place is one of the worst things that can happen to you! They'll help you get breasts and then deny you SRS recommendation?! If you want to keep your blank and have breasts this place is for you. But to have someone develope breasts and drop them, deny them srs??That is one of the most wicked and most evil things you can do to another human being! They play mind games with you; if you want to get your life messed with and play teenage mind games, this is the place to go. They use their SRS recommendation as a weapon against you, knowing they have that power over you really seems to get them off. Because I "genuinely" care for those who are suffering; if you are transgender, AVOID this place! And if you are transgender AND suicidal, AVOID this place like the plague! Maybe they don't do this to everyone but, they pick and choose who they'll help and who they won't. I'm telling you from experience, if you have been through absolute hell in your life, persad really seems like they enjoy your pain. They have left me, abandoned me like this. I'm so much more worse off than before I went there. Iam completely broken and if I dwell, I probably won't make it. Its like they want you to die. perSad has left me in a Real Bad spot : (( thanks.

1 JP S.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is JP Sanders, I am transgendered, I've had a PERSAD conselor last summer, and it was very informative for me. I had no way to Pittsburgh, so I met with a conselor, in Washington, Pa. It was so good for me that I'm triing to move to Pittsburgh, so I can live as the person I am. I really want to move to Pittsburgh, and I will get therwe some day. I was born as a baby girl, but I have never felt like a girl. I think of myself as male gender, but my body is female, and that's not who I am. PERSAD has help me a lot, in helping me accept myself as who I really am.

Sirena S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Persad Center is an amazing organization. I was in a miserable state before i found the Persad Center. With the help from some amazing counselors and staff,i found my true self as a transwoman. Now i've been on hrt for over a year and that would have never been possible without their help. I am so much happier and confident as a proud transwoman. I cant speak highly enough about Persad and the excellent care i received.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I saw a therapist and psychologist at Persad a few years ago. I had been seeing another non-Persad therapist, but the switch to Persad was the best decision I have ever made in my mental health care. The care providers were professional, genuine, and accommodating. They helped me figure out the best courses of action and supported me in them 100 percent. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the last year, I've been seeing a therapist at Persad. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Not only am I getting care on a sliding scale so that I can actually afford the care I need, I've found their staff to be caring, non-judgement and supportive every step of the way. They are a great assest to the LGBTQ community in Pittsburgh.