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Inexplicably Me: A Story of Labels, Worthiness, and Refusing to Be Boxed In

Inexplicably Me: A Story of Labels, Worthiness, and Refusing to Be Boxed In

by Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban Wïchter
Inexplicably Me: A Story of Labels, Worthiness, and Refusing to Be Boxed In

Inexplicably Me: A Story of Labels, Worthiness, and Refusing to Be Boxed In

by Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban Wïchter


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A hilariously moving and inspirational memoir of a girl with two gay dads, navigating her way through life with joy, love, gratitude, and an excellent sense of humor.

As the daughter of two gay fathers in the 90s, Chelsea has always had a different outlook than some people. And yet, her message is one of universal importance – love is the most important force in the world. Through her moving and at times hilarious memoir, Chelsea reflects on how we are all much more similar than we are different.

Living “two doors down from normal,” Chelsea quickly learned that society loves to put people in boxes, but these boxes do not always reflect how we feel about ourselves. Through Inexplicably Me, Chelsea works to bring people together in love and acceptance and to illustrate that, while her story may seem worlds away from others, we all strive for happiness and love.

From sharing the stage with President Obama when she was only eighteen years old, to her father spending her senior year of college in federal prison camp, to her biological mother dying of cancer when she was only 56, Chelsea explores her painful and joyful experiences with the hope that readers will find inspiration to face their own challenges and embrace their own joys.

Inexplicably Me is a bridge for those who fear what they don’t understand, as well as a possibility for those who have lacked love in their lives to see how they can start to access their self-worth, begin achieving their dreams, and start loving themselves again. Most of all, it is a reminder that everyone will have an opinion about who you are supposed to be, but you, and only you, get to decide exactly who it is you want to be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757324277
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/03/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 291,343
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban Wächter is a writer, speaker, and advocate who was raised by two incredible dads. Chelsea has advocated for the LGBTQ+ community since she was in high school, using her story as a platform to spread love and tolerance. In 2010, at just 17 years old, she was voted one of the “Top Fifteen LGBT Activists in the Los Angeles area” by Frontiers Magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface xv

Chapter 1 Before I Had Any Names 1

Chapter 2 When Daddy First Met His Little Princess 9

Chapter 3 Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban 13

Chapter 4 Wait, But Do You Have a Mom? 19

Chapter 5 Oatmeal Faces and Trips to Las Vegas 31

Chapter 6 Some People Have Security Blankets. I Have Lists. 37

Chapter 7 One Percent 43

Chapter 8 It's Time to Pop the Question 53

Chapter 9 A Government Worker and a Gift from God 59

Chapter 10 Death Is Ridiculously Messy 65

Chapter 11 The Trauma That Is Being Thirteen 71

Chapter 12 Mistakes Aren't Irreversible 77

Chapter 13 Here Come the Grooms 81

Chapter 14 Dreams, Teleprompters, and Marie Antoinette 89

Chapter 15 I Think We May Need to Do a Little Re-evaluation 99

Chapter 16 Nothing Is Black and White 111

Chapter 17 What's New and Shiny and Terrified All Over? 119

Chapter 18 No, You May Not Have a Bite of My Friendship Pie 127

Chapter 19 The Burden of Virginity 137

Chapter 20 Surprising Angels 145

Chapter 21 Never Serve Thanksgiving Dinner All on One Plate 157

Chapter 22 The Magical Story of a Prison Visiting Room 163

Chapter 23 The Other Side 171

Chapter 24 Well, Hello There, Mr. Unicorn! 179

Chapter 25 Ho Ho Ho 197

Chapter 26 Heilige Bim Bam 205

Chapter 27 Forever and Then Some 211

Chapter 28 I Love You to the Sun and the Moon and Back 221

Epilogue 229

Acknowledgments 233

About the Author 237

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