Transgender activist to become Supergirl heroine
Maines to portray Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, on popular show Supergirl
A transgender activist who won a discrimination lawsuit after her school refused to let her use the girls' bathroom will be TV's first transgender superhero.
Nicole Maines will star in The CW/Warner Bros. Supergirl as Nia Nal, aka Dreamer.
Producers describe her character as a "soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others."
AAAH YES IT FEELS SO GOOD TO HAVE THE CAT GRANT OUT OF THE BAG!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/supergirl?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#supergirl</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nianal?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nianal</a>—@NicoleAMaines
CONGRATS <a href="https://twitter.com/NicoleAMaines?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NicoleAMaines</a>! Well done <a href="https://twitter.com/GBerlanti?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GBerlanti</a>! 💫 <a href="https://t.co/bjbfy2lA6h">https://t.co/bjbfy2lA6h</a>—@MsJamieClayton
Nicole is so funny tho we love a comedian. I’m so happy she’s part of the cast. <a href="https://t.co/qb1IZTUOEa">pic.twitter.com/qb1IZTUOEa</a>—@TargaryenHalsey
Maines gained national attention for her battle against her Orono, Maine school district over her right to use the girls' bathroom.
Maine's highest court ruled in 2014 that school officials violated state anti-discrimination law when they required her to use a staff restroom.
It was the first time a state high court concluded that a transgender person should use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.