Nicole Maines: The First Transgender Superhero

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Nicole Maines

Nicole Maines: The First Transgender Superhero

Just when you thought you have finally seen it all, Hollywood out of their extreme creativity will come up with something probably unspeakable. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Nicole Maines, the first transgender Super Hero.

Supergirl” will be introducing the first transgender superhero on television.

The announcement was made this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con that transgender activist and actress Nicole Maines will be joining The CW series as Nia Nal, described as “a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others.”

Here’s what to know about Maines:

She was born an identical twin

Maines, 20, has an identical twin brother. She told ABC in 2015 that she identified as a girl at a young age.
“I knew that I was trans when I was three years old,” she said. “Well, I didn’t know trans because I didn’t know there was a word for it, but I just knew that in my head and my heart that I was supposed to be a girl.”
Her brother Jonas said he was extremely protective of his twin when they were growing up.
“When I was a kid my dad told me to look after her and to protect her and do what you have to do,” he said. “So that was a huge responsibility that I had to carry around for a lot of years.”
Maines decided as a teen to undergo sexual reassignment surgery.

She’s an activist

As a young teen, Maines and her family were at the center of a battle over transgender children and school bathrooms.
In 2014, the state of Maine’s Supreme Court ruled to allow a transgender child to use the school bathroom designated for the gender with which he or she identifies after Maines and her parents filed suit.
It changed Maine state law.
The Bangor Daily News reported at the time that the fight was not easy for Maines.
“I wouldn’t wish my experience on another trans person,” she said.

Book subject
Maines and her family were the subject of the book “Becoming Nicole: The Extraordinary Transformation of an Ordinary Family,” written by Amy Ellis Nutt in 2016.
That same year, Maines presented a TEDx talk about growing up transgender.

 

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