nicole maines Transgender Superhero

With the casting of transgender activist and actress Nicole Maines in season 4 of Supergirl as Nia Nal, history is being made. Maines will become the first transgender superhero in the history of television.

Known mostly for being an activist, Maines is no stranger to appearing in TV or film. She appeared in a guest-starring role in a 2015 episode of Royal Pains. On the documentary side, Maines was one of many people profiled in HBO’s The Trans List. This past summer, Maines wrapped production as Laurel in the Brad Michael Elmore-directed Bit.

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Following the announcement that Scarlett Johansson would be taking on the role of transgender man Dante “Tex” Gill in the crime drama Rub and Tug, the actress was met with outrage. Did the actress think she wouldn’t be met with opposition when the trans community learned of Gill’s background? And how much longer will we have to have this conversation? 

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