Trans­gen­der ac­tivist in TV de­but

Su­per­girl sees first trans­gen­der su­per­hero on U.S. show

St. Thomas Times-Journal - - LIFE -

BANGOR, Maine — An ac­tivist in Maine who won a law­suit over us­ing the girls’ bath­room at her school is mak­ing her TV de­but as a trans­gen­der su­per­hero.

The Bangor Daily News re­ports 21-yearold Ni­cole Maines will ap­pear on Sea­son 4 of The CW’s series Su­per­girl on Sun­day.

The Orono na­tive will play Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer. Pro­duc­ers say the char­ac­ter is a “soul­ful young trans­gen­der woman with a fierce drive to pro­tect oth­ers.”

The char­ac­ter is be­lieved to be the first trans­gen­der su­per­hero on a U.S. TV show.

Maines gained at­ten­tion for her law­suit against her school district af­ter her el­e­men­tary school said she could no longer use the girls’ bath­room. Maine’s high­est court ruled in 2014 that of­fi­cials vi­o­lated state anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion law.

Maines has made pre­vi­ous TV ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing the show Royal Pains and the HBO doc­u­men­tary The Trans List.

BET­TINA STRAUSS/THE CW

Ni­cole Maines, left, and Melissa Benoist in a scene from Su­per­girl.

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