Chella Man

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Chella Man
photo of Chella Man
Chella Man in January 2019
Born (1998-11-26) November 26, 1998 (age 20)[1]
NationalityChinese American
  • YouTuber
  • actor
  • artist
  • activist
Years active2017-present

Chella Man (born 1998)[2] is an American YouTuber, actor, model, artist, and activist. He is known for sharing his experiences as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, Jewish person of color. Man also portrays mute superhero Jericho in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans (2019).[3]

Life and career[edit]

Chella Man is of Jewish and Chinese descent.[4] He was raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania in a conservative community.[4] Man began to lose his hearing at four years old. By age 13, he was profoundly deaf, and the next year he received his first Cochlear implant. At 16 he had a second implant placed on his other ear.[5]

Man was assigned female at birth and began to experience gender dysphoria during childhood. In March 2017, he created his YouTube channel where he posted videos about his personal experiences with gender dysphoria, his identity, his love life, and American sign language translation videos to popular songs.[6][7] Man stated in an interview with Teen Vogue, "There is an extreme lack of representation for young, Deaf, queer, Jewish, Asian, transgender artists...So, I decided to be my own representation."[4] Over the next year he shared his thoughts and observations as he transitioned using testosterone.[8] He also had top surgery.[6] Man also posts videos that attempt to mobilize young voters and discuss the political consequences of the Trump administration.[4] Man began doing so after president Donald Trump visited his high school during his presidential campaign.[9] Man was signed to IMG as their first deaf Jewish-Asian model in September 2018.[3][4][10]

In March of 2019, it was announced that Man would make his acting debut as Jericho, a mute crime fighter, for the DC Universe digital series Titans in its second season.[3][11][7] Man stated that he connected to the character, who uses sign language to communicate. He discusses the importance of disabled actors playing disabled characters to support proper representation.[3][2]


In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, sparking the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named him one of the Pride50, “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people”.[12]

In May of 2018, Man presented his TedX Talk titled "Becoming Him" in which he talks about his transition journey and gender issues for LGBTQIA2s+ youth and people with disabilities.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Man is currently a student at The New School in Manhattan where he studies virtual reality programming.[4][14] He also paints, designs tattoos, and has interest in fashion design.[4] In addition, he has been in a relationship with fellow artist and activist MaryV Benoit since October of 2016.[15]


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Titans Jericho


  1. ^ "Chella Man on Instagram: "MaryV had me come home blindfolded last night. So, this morning when I woke up, the first thing I saw was these golden balloons above our…"". Instagram. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Trans, Deaf Artist Chella Man Cast as Superhero in DC's 'Titans'". 2019-03-19. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  3. ^ a b c d Yam, Kimberly (2019-03-22). "Deaf Transgender Actor Chella Man Talks Being Cast In 'Titans' As Jericho". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Nast, Condé. "Chella Man Is the First Deaf Transgender Model to Sign to IMG". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  5. ^ Nast, Condé. "Why I'm Proud to Be Deaf (And Queer) AF". them. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  6. ^ a b Weinstock, Tish; Pressigny, Clementine de (2018-03-06). "this deaf, genderqueer artist documented his entire transition on youtube". I-D. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  7. ^ a b "18 Things to Know About Chella Man". Alma. 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  8. ^ Nast, Condé. "I Documented My First Year on Testosterone, And It Changed My Life". them. Retrieved 2019-04-21.
  9. ^ "20-Year-Old Artist Chella Man Is the Face of A Movement". Retrieved 2019-10-25.
  10. ^ Azoulay, Bonnie. "This Deaf Jewish-Asian Transgender Model Just Made History". The Forward. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  11. ^ Ellis, Philip (2019-03-20). "Deaf, Transgender Artist Chella Man Will Play Superhero Jericho in DC's 'Titans'". Men's Health. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  12. ^ Gremore, Graham (2019-05-20). "How "deaf, Jewish, genderqueer, transmasculine person of color" Chella Man is changing the world". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  13. ^ Becoming Him | Chella Man | TEDxRanneySchool, retrieved 2019-10-25
  14. ^ Azoulay, Bonnie. "This Deaf Jewish-Asian Transgender Model Just Made History". The Forward. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  15. ^ 2 years with MaryV, retrieved 2019-10-08

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