Television’s First Transgender Superhero Is Here – Nia Nal On ‘Supergirl’
The LGBTQ+ gods are being extremely kind to us. After Pose, which featured the largest transgender cast in the history of television and was a huge milestone when it came to POC representation, we shall soon see a transgender superhero on TV.
The New York Times reports that Nicole Maines will star as Nia Nal on CW’s Supergirl. The news was announced at the Comic-Con in San Diego recently where Maines spoke about how its great that trans kids can now have a trans superhero to look up to.
“I’ve been doing a lot of auditions lately because a lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the story of transgender people,” Nicole Maines said onstage, according to the NYT. “It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little.” Maines has been advocating for trans rights for quite a while now – in 2014, she successfully sued her school district for not giving her access to the girl’s washroom at her place of education.
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So what’s her character like? Nia Nal is the new reporter at CatCo, a media company in the series, who will be guided by superhero Kara Danvers (Supergirl). Maines stated that Nal has a “ferocious drive” to fight those who choose to discriminate and spread hatred. In an interview with Clevver News, Jessica Queller, an executive producer for the show said: “Our show is all about inclusion and representation. It seems the perfect moment in our culture to introduce a trans female superhero.”
And you know what? She’s right. It’s about time trans kids had a superhero who represented them.