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TV to get first transgender superhero

Supergirl is set to become the first TV series to feature a transgender superhero.
Nicole Maines, who is transgender herself, is set to play the part of Nia Nal in the Sky One show.
Ms Maines, 20, said in an interview at a Comic-Con event in San Diego, California: "A lot of shows are introducing trans characters to their casts because this is such a hot topic issue right now and it's so important in our society."She added: "You know it seems fitting to have a trans superhero - Supergirl stepped up and I stepped in."Nia Nal, who is also known as Dreamer in the show, appears to be a new take on the DC character Nura Nal who was also known as Dream Girl, according to the superhero fan site Fandom.
TV to get first transgender superhero

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Supergirl is based on the DC Comics series of the same name. Pic: Sky One.
A "DC Database" on the site lists Nura Nal's abilites as being able to see the future and having a "genius-level intellect".Nia Nal will feature in season four of the show when it airs on Sky One on an unconfirmed date.Ms Maine said in an interview with Variety: "When I was first coming out to my parents, you know late 90s early 2000s, we had trans people on television portrayed by cis men as sex workers and drug addicts - which painted a very specific image."
Cisgender, or cis for short, is the term for people who identify as the sex they were assigned at birth.Ms Maine added: "Having trans women portrayed by cis men contributed to that idea that we are men in dresses, and that was damaging for a long time."
Actress and advocate @NicoleAMaines discusses her landmark casting on #Supergirl as transgender superhero #Dreamer. #SDCC #IMDboat pic.twitter.com/E4J0E5aE2S— IMDb (@IMDb) July 22, 2018
Supergirl, whose title character is portrayed by Melissa Benoist, is based on the DC Comics series of the same name.The show centres around Superman's 24-year-old cousin Kara Danvers, who after years of keeping her powers a secret decides to embrace her superhuman abilities.The "Girl of Steel" possesses all of her famous cousin's powers - such as superhuman strength and the ability to fly.
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Nicole Maines made the news in 2014 when she won the right to use the female bathroom at her high school in a landmark case.The Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision marked the first time a state court made it unlawful to deny a transgender student access to a bathroom consistent with their gender identity.
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