Trans, deaf activist Chella Man is changing the world.
“From an early, very early age, I had to deal with anger and frustration. Especially where I grew up, no one was deaf or hard of hearing, and I felt very alone in that way,” he explained. “Realizing that I was transgender, and all of the aspects that go with that, they brought those emotions with them, of course. I mean, I always had them, but they became more prominent once I realized that. But I knew how to deal with them.”
Chella’s experience losing his hearing gave him strength and perspective throughout his transition.
“My body has had to adapt quite a bit and it’s stuck with me through it all. So I’m very grateful for that,” he said. “A lot of people asked me, ‘Are you — you must be terrified to get top surgery, how do you deal with that?’ But it was not the first surgery that I have ever gone through. And I honestly think getting me cochlear implant surgeries were much more intense.”
Chella began testosterone in June 2017. Every week, he live broadcasts his testosterone shot, which allows him to look more stereotypically masculine. He says he’s proud to be both deaf and trans, and hopes stories like his inspire more people to present themselves how they would prefer.