Paolo Frascà is pursuing a Ph.D. in Italian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, where he also has the great pleasure of being a Course Instructor. He holds an Honours B.A. in Italian Studies and Spanish and a M.A. in Italian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies. Paolo is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Doctoral Fellowship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Giovanni Caboto Fellowship in Italian-Canadian Studies, and various other awards and grants. Paolo’s work has focused on Italian literature, Italian cinema, sexuality studies, dialectology, migration, and language acquisition, and he has published on all of these topics. He is a Project Assistant for the Endangered Language Alliance of Toronto, and a certified interpreter (Italian and Portuguese). He is a member of various academic associations, research groups, and professional organizations. Paolo’s doctoral dissertation focuses on Mario Mieli (1952-1983), a leading figure of gay liberation in Italy. In his thesis, Paolo explores Mario Mieli's theory, creative writing, performance, and activism, as well as the way in which these intersect with Mieli's personal narrative.