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A young boy walks down the path through the annual Memorial Day flag garden on the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A young boy walks down the path through the annual Memorial Day flag garden on the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died in service to — and fighting for — our country. A day to reflect on their service, and remind ourselves that our freedom came at their sacrifice.

This hour on Radio Boston, we take a look at one part of the struggle for freedom in America: The fight for LGBTQ equality.

Guests

Robert Santiago, Boston's commissioner of veterans srvices, which tweets @BostonVets.

Rebecca Jeen McDonald, a transgender veteran who helps run Vet2Vet/Boston.

Stephen Lane, a teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School and author of "No Sanctuary: Teachers And The School Reform That Brought Gay Rights To The Masses."

Arthur Lipkin, one of the first openly gay teachers in Massachusetts who led efforts to create a safe environment for LGBTQ faculty and youth at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in the 1980s.

Arline Isaacson, co-chair of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

Jim Downs, professor of history and director of the American studies program at Connecticut College, and author of "Stand By Me: The Forgotten History Of Gay Liberation." He tweets @jimdowns1.

This program aired on May 27, 2019.

Jamie Bologna Twitter Producer/Director, Radio Boston
Jamie Bologna is producer and director of Radio Boston.

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