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Inexplicably Me

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

Published by Health Communications Inc
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

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.

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

  • Publisher: Health Communications Inc (May 26, 2022)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780757324277

“Chelsea has inspired us for years as a child of same-sex parents navigating her life with grace, love, and humility. She now brings to paper her inspiring story giving insight into finding your worth and path in life with humor and love. You will be inspired by her words and moved by her heart. We are so grateful that now so many will be able to benefit from her journey, especially our little one.”

—Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emmy Award-Nominated actor, and Justin Mikita, Tony Award-Winning producer

"Chelsea's new book tells of her journey and how that inspired her to seek out, give back, and pursue worthiness at every level. With her charming style, warm wit, and incredible openness she gives you the tools you need to navigate this world with a strong sense of worth, gratitude, and purpose. Chelsea is a gem and her new book is a gold mine!”

--Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, Academy-Award nominated actors

“I’ve have had the privilege of watching Chelsea grow from a thoughtful young woman into a dynamic advocate. In her book, she gives you a glimpse of her world and how growing up with two gay dads, not only molded who she was, but gave her a base of unconditional love to carry her through her life. Of course, in Inexplicably Me she has chosen to inspire and encourage everyone to find their worth and their purpose, doing this while using her own story, with touching vulnerability, to ignite each reader’s sense of possibility.”

—Joe Solomonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention 2020, and former president of the Human Rights Campaign