Nicole Maines To Be TV’s First Transgender Superhero
Comic-Con reveals that the CW show Supergirl will welcome Nicole Maines as the first transgender superhero on TV
Transgender activist and actress Nicole Maines is set to be TV’s first ever transgender superhero with her part as Nia Nal, also known as the Dreamer on CW’s Supergirl. The show describes her as a fierce transgender woman who has a burning desire to protect others. As a young, hungry reporter, Nal has been sent to National City to learn the way of journalism and how to be a superhero.
Maines, who has also been in The Trans List and Royal Pains has been featured in the news several times for her fight for transgender equality. Back in 2014, a Maine court ruled in her favor that her elementary school violated a state anti-discrimination law after making her use the staff restroom instead of the girl’s bathroom.
Her new role of playing a transgender person as a transgender person is a huge push towards transgender people getting more on-air screen time.
Maines told Variety in a recent interview that "We've had representation on television for a while, but it hasn't been the right kind of representation." In the early ‘90s and 2000s cisgender men often times portrayed a trans woman on TV and "contributed to that idea that we are men in dresses," Maines said. She’s hoping that this new role will help her properly portray transgender people and start to disprove certain stereotypes. The actor is "beyond thrilled to be able to do that in a super suit!”.
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