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SAGE Western Pennsylvania

SAGE Western Pennsylvania

Persad Center
5150 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 441-9786

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5150 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Betty Hill
Executive Director

Programs & Services
Health & Wellness
Cultural Competency Training
HIV Support Group
Mental Health Counseling
Information & Referral
Friendly Visiting
Transgender Services

About SAGE Western Pennsylvania

Over 3 million Americans over the age of 65 are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender—and this number is expected to double by 2030. Persad Center is now in partnership with SAGE, the country's largest and oldest advocacy organization for LGBT elders.

SAGE Western Pennsylvania at Persad delivers specialized services that improve the lives of the growing LGBT senior community.

Recent Highlights

Gen Silent Screening

On October 24, SAGE Western Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, will host a reception and screening of the critically acclaimed Gen Silent, a documentary on LGBT aging and caregiving issues. Unlike any film before, Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. The film puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: LGBT older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors in the mainstream care system, that many simply go back into the closet in order to protect themselves. For more information, contact Leslie at

About Persad Center

Persad Center, Inc. is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center specifically created to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. In addition, Persad Center is an AIDS Service Organization providing a variety of services to the HIV/AIDS community. Persad Center is committed to helping GLBT and HIV+ individuals and the people who love them. Our staff of professionals are trained to respond to the emotional needs of the GLBT community in a caring way that is sensitive, non-judgmental and culturally specific. Persad Center offers a variety of Counseling Programs and Services to fulfill our mission to increase the well-being of the community. Founded in 1972, Persad Center has been providing quality services to the community for nearly 40 years.

Through strong commitment by the Board of Directors and from the generosity of the community, Persad Center is able to offer reduced fee, or free, counseling services to some eligible clients. Persad is located in Pittsburgh, PA with an outreach center in Washington, PA and serving all of Western Pennsylvania.

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