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Chella Man Became His Own Representation

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My name is Chella Man. I am a 19 year-old, deaf, genderqueer artist.

 

Art is literally a way of survival for me. Without it, I wouldn’t be myself.

 

I think the greatest gift that my body gives me is it’s ability to adapt and it’s ability to understand why I do certain things: why I inject testosterone every single week, why I got top surgery, why I got two Cochlear implants.

 

Society could easily be more inclusive to deaf people by simply thinking about the fact that we exist.

 

I never had you know, a deaf, genderqueer, person of color, young artist. I wanted to be that representation for myself because there’s no major movies out there with someone like that starring. So when I look in the mirror, I see my representation. And that’s valid.

 

For more from Chella Man, you can follow him on InstagramTwitter, and YouTube. Chella Man is wearing our 6" Fly boxers in nude X=4. 


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  • Lindy Decker-Heilman

    I applaud Chella Man for pursuing what he wants to do with his future! I am a deaf lesiban with two cochlear implants myself. There are a lot of deaf people dislike implants. They feel it’s not part of their deaf community. It’s our choice to want or not want the implants. I love mine a lot. It opened up a whole new world for me to hear more sounds I have never heard, such as crickets chirping, birds chirping, and sounds of the wind blowing. Chella Man, keep going for your dream as always!!!

  • Nick

    I love your blog Chella Man. You are an inspiration. Thank you.