What constructs in your life must you unlearn to support inclusivity and respect for all? This is a question that artist, actor, and activist Chella Man wrestles with in this powerful and honest essay. A story of coping and resilience, Chella 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.
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.
Since leaving high school as a junior to attend college early, Chella has written for Condé Nast'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, Titans. He hopes to continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.
Ashley Lukashevsky is an illustrator and visual artist born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, currently based in Los Angeles. Ashley uses illustration and art as tools to strengthen social movements against systemic racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant policy. She aims to tear down these systems of oppression through first envisioning and drawing a world without them.
- Publisher: Penguin Workshop (June 1, 2021)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 64 pages
- ISBN-10: 0593223489
- ISBN-13: 9780593223482
- Reading age: 12 - 17 years
- Grade level: 7 - 9
- Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions: 4.44 x 0.26 x 6.25 inches