Timane was born in Lagos, Nigeria. At age 8 he suffered exorcisms and other reparative therapies from his family members and church in a bid to change him after he came out as a trans boy. He later underwent 20 surgical procedures and hormonal treatments abroad to transition from a female to a male.
Education and career
He studied Business management in London and Los Angeles. He has a Master's in social work from the University of Southern California and studied religion, social justice, and activism at the Claremont School of Theology. He is a full-time Transgender Health Program manager at St. John's Well Child and Family Centre in Los Angeles.
In 2013, he published a memoir titled "An unspoken Compromise" which became Amazon's bestselling memoir under the Lesbian and Gay category. In 2014 he released an album titled "Love is Stronger" and also launched a Trans Surgery Gender Grant to assist five transgender people with their gender declaration procedures. He is married to Christina Ros, a model. In 2017, they celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary and 10 years together.
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