Chella Man (born November 26, 1998) is an American YouTuber, actor, model, artist, and LGBTQ activist. He is known for sharing his experiences as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, and Jewish person of color. He came to international attention in 2019 portraying mute superhero Jericho in the second season of the DC Universe series Titans.
Three years ago, Naomi Hess ’22 approached Rabbi Ira Dounn in the lobby of the Center for Jewish Life with a request. February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Inclusion, and Acceptance Month, and Hess wanted the Center for Jewish Life to introduce disability awareness as one of the themed Shabbats that take place throughout the year.
Honoring cultural luminaries of all sorts through a digital show, the first-ever Renaissance Awards took place this past week. Brought to audiences by Eco-Age and Pulse Films, the award show was presented through a decorative film set at the iconic Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Augmented reality and special effects played a supporting role to the evening’s presenters, which included Nile Rodgers, Colin Firth, Gisele Bundchen, Ahad Raza Mir, and Annie Lennox. Ben Harper treated audiences to a serene guitar performance towards the end of the show.
YSL Beauty has cast its first-ever trans-masculine model, Chella Man, to front an uplifting campaign for clean and green skincare and makeup products. Man is an artist, model, and an advocate in BIPOC queer communities as well as disability awareness. As a deaf, genderqueer, trans-masculine, Chinese, and Jewish individual, he hopes to “continue pushing the boundaries of what it means to be accessible, inclusive, and equal in this world.”
Chella Man opened up about what needs to be done to make the world a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community. Chella Man has broken numerous barriers in media as a transgender, deaf, genderqueer, and Jewish person of color, however, as he puts it, he is just one of many voices in the conversation. “Sharing my story was just a way for me to be another story, but I’ve never intended my story to be the only one, because no one has that right — you can’t generalize communities that way,” he told HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. “I’ve definitely been nervous before about sharing such vulnerable points myself, whether that be my body, or my emotions, my thoughts. And it’s taught me a lot about boundaries… I wouldn’t take anything that I’ve shared back, because there really is not enough dialogue about a lot of queer, disabled BIPOC issues across the board. So I feel honored to be able to add that.”