Nicole Maines, who plays television’s first openly trans superhero, knows what it means to fight for what is right. She does it every day.
The 24-year-old from Glosservile, New York, is a hero after all. In 2014, she successfully sued her school district after being denied access to the girl’s bathroom for being trans.
Now, Maines has swapped legal paperwork for tights as she stars as Nia Nal, a shy, hardworking reporter in training working alongside Kara Danvers, otherwise known as Supergirl.