LGBT Award winners: Wong, Bay Windows
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will honor Michael T. Wong, MD, a physician and researcher in its Division of Infectious Disease and Boston's Bay Windows newspaper at the 18th annual Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Awards.
Lisa Krinsky, LICSW, Director of the LGBT Aging Project, will be the featured speaker at June 7 event which will kick off Pride Week activities. BIDMC will also sponsor a team in the Saturday June 12 PRIDE Parade.
Wong, who in addition to his BIDMC duties is board chairman of the AIDS Action Committee and a member of the state's Public Health Council, is being recognized for a lifetime of accomplishments promoting health not only for the individuals for whom he has cared, but for his leadership in the health policy arena.
For almost a decade, Wong has held a weekly clinic at The Dimock Center, bringing expertise in HIV/AIDS to a most vulnerable community. An assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Wong builds bridges with the community by nurturing public health initiatives that leverage HMS students' passion and skills.
Bay Windows is New England's largest publication for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered readers. For more than two decades, it has brought its readers award-winning articles and editorials on everything from the AIDS crisis to the Vermont civil union and Massachusetts marriage battles. Established in 1983 by founding publisher Sasha Alyson, Bay Windows was sold in 1985 to James Hover and purchased by its current co-publishers Jeff Coakley and Sue O'Connell in 2003.
Under Krinsky, who has spent 20 years in community-based elder services, LGBT Aging Project's Open Door Program has successfully collaborated with policy makers, community groups, and elders to ensure that services and programs within the commonwealth are 'open and affirming' for LGBT elders.