Transgender Actor and celebrated Advocate Rizi Timane guest stars in an all-new emotionally revealing episode of the hit NBC medical drama, NEW AMSTERDAMon November 16th. That same week, Timane will announce the recipient of his annual Transgender Gender Surgery Private Grant in honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th.

During the upcoming NEW AMSTERDAM episode “In a Strange Land,” Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) takes drastic measures to help several undocumented immigrants, including Temi (Timane), after a fire destroys the church where they had sought refuge. All the while, Sharpe (Freema Agyeman) and Malvo (Frances Turner) assist a patient with a life-threatening condition.

Originally from Nigeria, Timane was thrilled to join the cast and be part of this insightful episode, explaining “I feel like Temi and I have a lot in common. We both suffered many hardships early on, from extreme chest dysphoria to being overwhelmed by worry about being deported as immigrants. I identified one-million percent with the storyline and believe it will resonate with audiences everywhere.”


In 2012, Timane established his annual Transgender Gender Surgery Private Grant, gifting an annual gender confirming surgery for those who are in need but have no means. After receiving hundreds of applicants over the last year, Timane will proudly announce the 2021 recipient on November 20th, an important day of remembrance in the trans community that honors those lost to hateful violence. Timane shares, “The relief and gratitude recipients feel post-op is music to my soul and makes it all worth it.”


An uplifting activist within the transgender community, Dr. Rizi Nasele Bamaiyi Timane LCSW, DSW, is an entertainer, a licensed psychotherapist, and a Certified Trans-sensitivity and Diversity Trainer who advocates for transgender rights. In June 2018, he spoke at the United Nations Global Entrepreneur Summit on the need for greater trans awareness and trans workplace advocacy. Timane is the recipient of the 2019 Transgender Visibility Award, which was presented to him at City Hall by Congressman Mitch O’Farrell and the City of Los Angeles Transgender Advisory Council. Timane has worked within the trans community in various affirming roles since 2007. His prior work includes being a trans minister, an affirming LGBTQI psychotherapist at the L.A. LGBT Center, and prior service as the Associate Director of the nation’s largest transgender health program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Clinic in Downtown Los Angeles.

Timane has just re-released his heartfelt personal memoir, Love Wins Out – My Story as an African Transman, which is now available on Amazon. The book originally earned Amazon Bestselling Memoir status and was named a Rainbow Publishing Award Finalist for the first edition, formerly titled An Unspoken Compromise. The book details Timane’s discovery at age 8 that he was transgender and shares his journey as he embarks on medically transitioning to live his authentic life.

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