Who is Nicole Maines? Nia Nal aka Dreamer from Supergirl!
Supergirl season 4 returned to The CW on October 14, and one of the characters who is standing out to fans is Nicole Maines. Nicole portrays the role of Nia Nal aka Dreamer and is making history as the first transgender superhero. Here’s we have tracked down 5 things that you might not want to miss about Nicole.
Who is Nicole Maines?
Nicole Maines was born as Wyatt Benjamin Maines on October 7, 1997, in Gloversville, New York, but later moved to Maine with her family. Assigned male at birth along with her identical twin brother Jonas, Nicole was identified as transgender since she was a toddler. The twin brothers were adopted by Kelly and Wayne Maines from Kelly’s second cousin. Currently, the twins are attending the University of Maine.
Nicole and her family were the subject of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, a book by Amy Ellis Nutt, a Washington Post writer. The book illustrates the struggle of the Maines family with Nicole’s transition and how they handled it, right from the birth of the twins.
Nicole is known to most as plaintiff in the landmark 2014 court case, which was filed against her school after she was not allowed to use the girls' bathroom. At the time, she was in fifth grade and had been identifying as female for many years. Her family won the case and was even provided with compensation of $75,000. She has been a champion of Trans rights since then and has been working for it actively. She underwent sex-reassignment surgery in July, 2015.
Awards and Accolades
For her active involvement in trans right and advocacy, she has been awarded with several accolades so far. She was announced Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine in 2014 and was also honored with Spirit of Matthew Award in 2015.
First Trans Superhero
While she was at school, she actively participated in school productions and her first role was Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Moving on, she debuted her acting career on Royal Pain in 2015 as Anna, transgender teenage choreographer whose hormones may be injuring her health. Further, she was featured in an HBO documentary, The Trans List, in 2016 and was also a part of projects, Not Your Skin and Bit.
However, she got her big break after Supergirl tapped her the role of Dreamer, with which she became a first-ever trans superhero on TV. Nia Nal is not found in any old DC Comics, but we can find Nura Nal, also known as Dream girl who could see the future, is likely who Nia is based off.