Building Change – or – How to Be a Hero

June 7, 2022

It has been said that in order to know where you are headed you need to know where you have come from. “Building Change – or How to Be a Hero” is a program created by Persad Center to provide a look back at some LGBTQ+ history with tips on how we can all move forward.  One of the challenges facing the LGBTQ+ community is having our past taken from us; either the stories were not told at the time or they have been “straight washed … or have just been forgotten.  The presenter will review some of the unsung champions from the past; folks who stood up and said to the world loudly –sometimes in a shaky voice – “No.” Participants will learn more about who they were and what they did to make what we do today possible. The program finishes with the steps we can take to make our shared spaces safe and welcoming places for the LGBTQ+ community while honoring those who have come before us. 

Target Audience

All healthcare providers will benefit from this activity. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe Marsha P. Johnson’s role in the formation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries).
  2. Describe about Jeanne Mannford and history of PFLAG (Parents, Friends & Families of Lesbians and Gays).
  3. Describe what they can do to help create safe and welcoming safe for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/07/2022 - 11:00am EDT
Event ends: 
06/07/2022 - 12:00pm EDT

Ted Hoover – Community Organizer, Trainer, Educator

Pittsburgh, PA

Professional & Lived Experience: Ted Hoover has been working with Persad Center for the last 12-years as a community organizer, trainer and educator in such areas as adolescent sexual health, teen suicide prevention, LGBTQ+ senior health/wellness programming, food insecurity and transgender education, support and advocacy.  He has worked with local, state and federal law enforcement on issues such as crime, hate crime and discrimination.  With the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Bureau of the FBI, he is a co-founder and co-convener of the Southwest PA Human Trafficking Coalition, he served as co-president of the Butler County Community Health Council and worked on the board of the Beaver County Housing/Homeless Coalition.  Additionally, Ted worked as a journalist for 30-years and, as a community activist organized Pittsburgh’s Pride Marches and Western PA’s participation in the National LGBTQ Marches in Washington, DC.

No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.


In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


A maximum of 1.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded. Participants will be able to claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the program.


Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
    UPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
  • 1.00 Attendance
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