Project Profile:

Queer Italian-Canadian Artists: A Study on Ethnic Belonging and Cultural Production



The Queer Italian-Canadian Artists Project documents, analyzes, and gives visibility to the lived experiences and creative production of Italian-Canadian artists who belong to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Heteronormative and traditional values have played an integral role in the preservation of Italian cultures in Canada and in the integration of Italian communities into the Canadian mainstream. These phenomena have caused the marginalization of members of Italian-Canadian communities who belong to gender and sexual minorities; these phenomena have also led to the erasure of histories of sexual and gender diversity in Italian-Canadian communities. 

Our research contributes to a more nuanced and diversified understanding of our communities by disrupting mainstream ideas of what it means to be Italian-Canadian. 


Paolo Frascà: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Italian Studies

Licia Canton, founding editor-in-chief of Accenti Magazine

Ariana Magliocco, writer, researcher and visual artist 

Funding: SSHRC, University of Toronto

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