Pride Center of WNY expands programs to serve LGBTQ community

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Pride Center of WNY has rolled out three new programs over the past year. One of which is the LGBTQ memory loss caregiver program. It helps individuals care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

SCOUT is also another new programs that aims to reach men between the ages of 17 to 28. It includes sexual health prevention, screenings, and an expansion of rapid HIV testing.

Another new program that has received positive feedback is the LGBTQ cultural competency training. It includes free trainings for a range of organizations. The training covers the basics of appropriate language, definition of terms, and breaking down stereotypes.

“We talk about the differences between sex and gender because often in society we find that those two terms are used interchangeably but they really mean two different things. Last year we had more than 60 trainings that were delivered throughout the community and this year we’re on pace to have more than 100 so the demand is out there and that’s really encouraging. When we do the trainings out in the community the feedback is generally very positive people are thankful that they’re learning stuff that they didn’t know in the past,” said Steve Jagord, Pride Center of WNY LGTBQ Field Educator.

Two of the new programs are funded by the New York State Department of Health. For more information go to http://www.pridecenterwny.org/

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