Recording activist Tim'm West
Artist fuses music with a message
By PATRICK SAUNDERS
When Tim’m West was a child, he had a severe speech impediment, so he wasn’t able to pronounce his first name, Timothy, correctly. So it came out “Tim’m.” Eventually he got over the impediment, but he wasn’t ready to start saying his name any differently.
“It just kind of stuck,” he says. “It’s not my name by birth but it’s the name I’ve gone by since I was a kid.”
Overcoming his speech impediment cleared a path for West to use his voice in larger and more diverse ways—LGBT youth activist, author, poet, scholar and rapper. He even landed a spot on