The Rights of All: LGBTQ+ and Women’s Suffrage

A discussion on the intersectionality of women’s suffrage, the LGBTQ+, and feminism movement.

Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar and educator, public servant, and social justice activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005. He holds a joint appointment in the undergraduate honors program in History and Literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. Twice named one of Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” Dr. McCarthy is the recipient of many awards for his teaching and mentoring, including the 2019 Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kennedy School’s highest teaching honor. Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature from Harvard and earned his Ph.D. in History from Columbia. He is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including the forthcoming Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love.

Yoleidy Rosario is an Afro-Dominican transfluid educator, diversity consultant, and artist who utilizes the pronouns Ze, Zir, Zirs. Rosario implements and facilitates intercultural and intersectional programs and initiatives, trainings and workshops that address important social justice issues through the interdisciplinary investigation of indigenous and diasporic cultures, histories, narratives, peoples, geographies, identities, violence prevention and survivor advocacy, arts and restorative justice. Rosario has recently joined the Ringling College team, as the new Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, in order to establish Ringling’s new Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Amy Reid is Professor of French and Gender Studies at New College of Florida, and currently director of the Gender Studies Program. She graduated from Colgate University and holds a PhD in French from Yale University. Her research and teaching focus on the representation of women and women’s voices in French and Francophone literature from the 19th-21st century, most recently on authors from Quebec and Francophone Africa, including Véronique Tadjo and Marie-Célie Agnant. She is also an award-winning translator and in 2016 received a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities for her translation of the novel When the Plums Are Ripe, by the Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang.


“Thank you for another stellar program – last night was great!  I especially enjoyed hearing the Dean from Ringling College and the discussion about the experiences ze’s had.  It gave me a new perspective on things I haven’t experienced and, to be candid, hadn’t thought much about.  It’s always good to learn new things that help you to understand other people’s perspective.”

“Tonight was fabulous! Each of the speakers were great and complemented each other! We were proud to contribute to this evening and your mission of awareness!”

“Dan and Litten,
Thank you!
Your programs are a breath of fresh air.
Authentic is a word that comes to mind!
So very important.
I learned so much tonight. I was truly moved…and motivated.
Keep on doing what you are doing.”

Follow up comment from Prof Timothy McCarthy (panelist who came down from Harvard: “Thanks, Dan (and you, too, Litten and Charles!) I had a wonderful time last night, and thought the discussion was terrific, lively, and wide ranging. It’s always such a pleasure to work with you on these programs. Please don’t hesitate to call on me any time.”

Panelist Dean Yoleidy Rosario  Ringling College:

“It was a great event.

It was also an amazing opportunity to speak with folx after the panel discussion and get deeper into dialogue of how current issues are impacting them. 

It was definitely a moment to make authentic connections and deepen our communal relationships.

Thank you again once again for the invitation and allowing me to be a part of the panel. I look forward to connecting soon on future projects.”

Panelist Dr. Amy Reid from New College of Florida:

“Thank you, Dan and Litten, for your support of programs like the panel on LGTBQ issues, intersectionality & the legacy of the Suffrage movement.

It  was an honor for me to participate. You are doing important work to foster positive conversations in our community and to support inclusive diversity.”

Report from Florida Studio Theater re comments they received for program:

  • This was great, wow.
  • Such an enlightening conversation.
  • It was a great program, very thoughtful
  • Wonderful. Great foursome up there
  • It was wonderful
  • Thank you for doing this.
  • This was the best one I’ve been to
  • You guys ALWAYS do such good conversational pieces, what a treat