BIDMC to honor Frank, Simmons
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will honor Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons at the 16th Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Achievement Awards recognizing outstanding contributions towards advancing LGBT issues.
Frank will also serve as keynote speaker.
The ceremony will be held during PRIDE Week on Monday June 8, serving as a way to illustrate BIDMC's commitment to inclusion and respect for the LGBT community.
Frank is outspoken on many civil rights issues, including those affecting the LGBT community. Through the 1990 Immigration Act, Frank advocated for the removal of restrictions based on the "sexual preference exclusion."
In 1998, Frank founded the National Stonewall Democrats, the national LGBT Democratic organization. Honored by countless organizations, in 2009, Frank topped the list of Out Magazine's Annual Power 50 listing.
Simmons is the current mayor of Cambridge and the first openly lesbian African-American mayor in the United States. She is a strong advocate for LGBT rights and as a city councilor, she spearheaded the first ever LGBT town meeting and was instrumental in establishing an LGBT city commission with paid staff. She also created a liaison position within the Cambridge Public Schools to help LGBT parents find LGBT-friendly schools for their children.
This year also marks a renewed partnership between BIDMC and the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, which provides medical and mental health services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth with specialty programs for HIV treatment and transgender health issues.
As part of a community service project BIDMC will once again collect toiletries throughout the month of June that will be donated to the Health Center for its patients.