Chella Man attends Gold House's 2nd annual Gold Gala at The Music Center on May 06, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Source: Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images

Deaf, Trans, and Breaking Barriers: Get to Know Chella Man Through His Instagram

Shawn Laib READ TIME: 4 MIN.

Representation comes in many shapes and forms. Chella Man finds himself at the intersection of several different communities and always finds a way to inspire others who look, sound, and struggle with similar journeys in life.

Man is trans and suffered severe hearing loss during childhood. As he grew up with gender dysphoria and deafness, Man took control of his life with surgeries and medical intervention and now expresses himself as a genderqueer individual with a cochlear implant. Man uses social media better than almost any other queer influencer. He expresses himself through artwork, photography, acting, and YouTube to find where he belongs and how he can create a template for others.

Let's get to know Man through some of his most interesting posts on social media!

Man poses with his pets in this adorable set of photos accompanied by a caption about personal training. Man wants to go into the personal training field so he can help other deaf and trans people understand how their bodies, minds, and souls interact. He asked people in the comments for their input on the intersection of these identities in personal training.

Man sends his thoughts and condolences to Nex Benedict and their family after the tragic death of the Oklahoma high school student in February 2024. Benedict's death opened up recurring discourse about the lack of gender-affirming conversations in conservative high schools around the country. Man's efforts will hopefully help save trans and non-binary lives in the future.

Man gives his fans a walkthrough of a rehearsal for his art show, "Autonomy," in which he explores his body and what it means to have control over oneself. Man discusses topics like pregnancy and self-expression through the show's themes.

by Shawn Laib

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