What a time to be alive. We are experiencing an age in which the barriers that used to keep people living in fear and ashamed of who they are, are slowly being broken down. Through the hard work of brave and courageous advocates for equality, we are seeing a shift in the way that society views certain people and new conversations are taking place, free of the toxic labelling that so-often shapes our collective perceptions.
Over the weekend news broke about CW's decision to cast Nicole Maines in the upcoming fourth season of Supergirl. Well known for her activism for transgender rights, Maines will play a new character named Nia Nal who will later become known as Dreamer.
#Supergirl makes history, welcomes @NicoleAMaines as 1st transgender live-action superhero on tv! New cast members also announced! Read more here: https://t.co/00QU6uGnVVpic.twitter.com/WiG32XBKeg
— Supergirl.TV (@Supergirltvsite) July 21, 2018
This is a really important step in the right direction for other young transgender people who are finding their way in the world. Growing up with positive role models who reflect your own experiences has a powerful impact in making you feel proud of who you are.
Maines has attested to the fact that when she came out at the turn of the century only negative portrayals of transgender people existed, tending to be associated with sexual deviance, or drug-taking. This automatically attaches a damaging stigma to those who identify to a different sex to the one that they are assigned at birth. In this video, along with her father, Maines gives a powerful and moving speech about what it means to be transgender.