Chella Man

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Renowned for his personal documentation of his experience in gender transition, Chella Man is celebrated for his motto "be your own representation." As a deaf, genderqueer, Chinese, and Jewish individual, Chella found he didn’t have role models to look up to, and so he became a voice and a true representation for himself and for others. With over 290K subscribers and many millions of views on his YouTube video entitled "One year on testosterone: voice updates," Chella is normalizing the conversation around gender issues for disabled and LGBTQ+ youth. 

Through his talks, Chella opens up about his experiences transitioning on testosterone, navigating the world with a disability, and facing isolation while growing up within a small and conservative town in Central Pennsylvania. His TED Talk, "Becoming Him," offers an empowering investigation of gender, identity, race and disability.

Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, Chella has written for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, launched a radically inclusive clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, signed as the first deaf and trans masculine model with IMG Models, and was cast as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

 

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  • University of Oregon
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  • BBYO International
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<p>Chella Man is a strong voice speaking out for the AAPI community</p>

Chella Man is a strong voice speaking out for the AAPI community

Model, activist, and artist CHELLA MAN was recently featured in a Models.com piece showcasing top Asian fashion industry voices taking a stand against racism. In his commentary, he shared, “A frequent aggression is tokenization. When we are uplifted for the trend rather than true care for our community and personhood. I encourage all to set time and energy aside to educate themselves on ways to support and respect our communities.”

Chella Man is available to speak about racism and hate facing the AAPI community, but also about representation, the importance of inclusion and diversity across all sectors of identity, and his Asian heritage. He is frequently celebrated for his motto "be your own representation." As a deaf, genderqueer, Chinese, and Jewish individual, Chella found he didn’t have role models to look up to, and so he became a voice and a true representation for himself and for others. His talks are honest, vulnerable spaces where he shares about these identities and how they intersect. His discussions are both a place for people in these communities to seek comfort and validation as well as people from outside these communities to learn how to be a good ally. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

<p>Programming Idea: Gift your audience copies of Chella Man’s new book to build buzz and inspire even after the evening is over</p>

Programming Idea: Gift your audience copies of Chella Man’s new book to build buzz and inspire even after the evening is over

Artist, actor, and activist CHELLA MAN wrestles with the essential question of identity in this powerful and honest new book, Continuum, which is part of the young adult social change issues series known as the Pocket Change Collective. Chella’s story is one of coping and resilience, as he journeys through his experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color, and shows us that identity lies on a continuum — a beautiful, messy, and ever-evolving road of exploration. With a message as powerful and inspiring as Chella’s, the reverberations continue long after the event is over. Gifting your audience members a copy of Chella’s book leaves them with a tangible memento of your event in addition to a means to solidify the takeaways. HWA can facilitate a bulk book purchase and even help deliver the books to each audience member. This is a wonderful add-on to your next event with Chella Man.

<p>Virtual Programming: Chella Man provides candid and empowering lessons on inclusivity </p>

Virtual Programming: Chella Man provides candid and empowering lessons on inclusivity 

Renowned for his personal documentation of his experience in gender transition, Gen-Zer CHELLA MAN is celebrated for his motto "be your own representation." As a deaf, genderqueer, Chinese, and Jewish individual, Chella found he didn’t have role models to look up to, and so he became a voice and a true representation for himself and for others. With over 290K subscribers and many millions of views on his YouTube videos, Chella knows how to engage virtual audiences, and has been sought-out for a virtual moderated conversation for Penn State's Pride Month Programming, engaged in a virtual Yahoo interview, shared "5 things to do at home" during quarantining, and is using his platform to support the homeless LGBTQ+ community amid the coronavirus pandemic

Through his talks, Chella opens up about his experiences transitioning on testosterone, navigating the world with a disability, and facing isolation while growing up within a small and conservative town in Central Pennsylvania. His TED Talk, "Becoming Him," offers an empowering investigation of gender, identity, race and disability. His short film that he wrote, edited, directed, and co-produced, The Beauty of Being Deaf, discusses reframing how the world thinks about hearing loss. Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, Chella has written for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, signed as the first deaf and trans masculine model with IMG Models, and was cast as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.

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Already making his mark in the industry, multi-hypenate Chella Man has brought significant attention to his work as an artist, writer, model and actor through sharing his personal documentation of his life while advocating for those within his communities.

Being Deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, and Jewish, Chella found he didn’t have role models to look up to, so he decided to be his own representation.

This motto “Be your own representation” would become a pillar of his teachings.

Through his talks, he opens up on his experiences transitioning on testosterone, navigating the world with a disability, and facing isolation while growing up within a small and conservative town in Central Pennsylvania.

Since leaving high school as a Junior to attend college early, he has written for Condé Naste’s first queer publication Them, launched a radically inclusive clothing line in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, signed as the first deaf and trans masculine model with IMG Models, and was casted as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s.

With over 245K subscribers and 8 million views on his YouTube channel, Chella is becoming a true representation for many communities as he advocates for those within the disabled and/or queer communities.

Chella is currently taking a semester off from studying Virtual Reality Programming at The New School in Manhattan, New York to further push his art and activism.

He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.