Cornel Grey (he/him) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. His doctoral research examines how black queer men enact kinship and intimacy through physical touch. This work takes seriously the importance of skin-to-skin contact in maintaining bodily, psychic and emotional well-being, and so pushes against systems that mark contact between black queer men as risky, improper and dangerous. This project also mines the slave hold, primarily articulated as a site of violence, for moments of black queer pleasure as a way to rethink black diasporic relations. Cornel is a Research Associate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health where he is investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of gay and bisexual men. He is also the co-host of the Fish Tea Podcast, a show about queer life in the Caribbean.

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