Activist Nicole Maines will star on ‘Supergirl’ as TV’s first trans superhero

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Featured in the HBO documentary The Trans List, Maines also appeared as a trans teen in a 2015 episode of USA's Royal Pains. Ultimately, Maines hopes that her new role will lead to the "right representation" in the entertainment industry for the trans community.

Actor and activist Nicole Maines will join CW's Supergirl during its fourth season as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer. She voices her concern by stating how "It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility" Then, she adds, "I'm nervous because I want to do it right".

"For as long as I can remember, I've always recognized myself as a girl", Maines said in a 2016 TEDx Talk.

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Supergirl has cast a transgender actress to play a superhero.

When she came out to her parents in the late 1990s and early 2000s, cisgender men portrayed trans woman on TV and "contributed to that idea that we are men in dresses", she said. There will apparently be many parallels between her journey to self-discovery and destiny fulfillment with Supergirl herself - we'll just have to wait and see what those similarities will be.

In regards to the recent casting of Scarlett Johannson as a trans character, Maines felt that it would have been a continuation of bad trans representation.

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"She's the superhero we need right now". "Having trans people play trans roles show that we are valid in our identities and we exist".

"A$3 lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the stories of transgender people, especially transgender youth because it's just such an important issue right now in our society and the world", she said.

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The population of National City will continue to grow this fall when Supergirl welcomes three more new characters to its roster for Season 4.

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