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WATCH: Chella Man explores the body electric in this provocative short about identity & deafness

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This week, April 15 – 21, marks National Deaf LGBTQ+ Awareness Week, a project launched by the Deaf Queer Resource Center to uplift, support, and bring greater visibility to these multiply marginalized communities.

Every day this week, Queerty will be spotlighting a short film that focuses on deaf, queer characters—all of which you can watch right now.Thus far, the short films we’ve spotlighted throughout National Deaf LGBTQ+ Awareness Week have featured deaf individuals who go about their day-to-day lives as-is—relying on ASL, text, and lip-reading to communicate with the world around them.However, scientific advancements in the past few years have led to the proliferation of the cochlear implant, a surgically implanted device that has allowed individuals on the spectrum of hearing loss to gain sound perception.Subscribe to our newsletter for your front-row seat to all things entertainment with a sprinkle of everything else queer.Hailed as a medical miracle, the cochlear implant has nevertheless been divisive within the broader deaf community.

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