'Supergirl' season 4: Nicole Maines highlights the importance of being TV's first transgender superhero

Nicole highlighted the importance of a transgender person playing a trans character, saying that it will make trans kids feel "they are valid in their identities."


                            'Supergirl' season 4: Nicole Maines highlights the importance of being TV's first transgender superhero

With just a few days left for her debut as Nia Nal aka Dreamer in 'Supergirl', Nicole Maines revealed her excitement and spoke about the importance of her getting the role for the trans community in the future. 

In an interview with New York Times, Nicole spoke about how she felt about being the first transgender superhero in TV. Nicole revealed that it is “a phenomenal time to be a queer nerd” and also spoke about why it is important for children who meet her character for the first time. 



 

“I think kids need to watch Supergirl for Nia because there are more and more trans people coming out younger and younger…I think it is necessary to educate folks on trans issues and to make them aware of trans identities and normalize it because it is normal.”

She continued, “But when you’re shielded from something and it’s actively censored, it takes a negative connotation. If people are more educated and they’re more aware of these issues and [are] more familiar, they won’t feel so foreign.”

Nicole highlighted the importance of a transgender person playing a trans character, saying that it will make trans kids feel "they are valid in their identities."

She said, "When we have a trans woman playing a trans woman, then you see, ‘Oh wait, this is what trans really is. This is what it looks like: a person.’ That sends a message to trans kids that they are valid in their identities that they are allowed to exist. It also sends a message to cisgender people, to parents, that trans people are not dangerous or sexually deviant or any of these myths that have kind of been construed by conservative outlets. It’s just an identity that people live.”



 

She also hoped that people's reaction to her role will be positive, just as it had been till date. "So far it’s been so positive and it’s just been this complete outpouring of love and support for me as an actor, for me as a trans woman and for this character. I think so many people are relieved and happy and excited to see someone like them on television. And to see someone like them on television as a superhero! Seeing yourself as a superhero is kind of the most validating thing. I hope that all people, not just trans people, fall in love with Nia and her energy and her as a superhero. And I hope it just grows and evolves from that," she said.