Transgender superhero, played by trans activist Nicole Maines, coming to TV's 'Supergirl'

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She said that she's been going out for lots of auditions lately, and the response she's seen has been encouraging.

In an interview with Variety, Maines discussed the responsibility she feels towards the historic role.

Maines first gained national attention for her battle against the Orono school district over her right to use the girls' bathroom.

In addition to being featured in "The Trans List", Maines has also appeared on "Royal Pains"; she'll be joined in the upcoming fourth season of "Supergirl" by fellow new characters Colonel Haley (April Parker Jones) and Manchester Black (David Ajala). The next season of the Mellissa Benoist-starring show will introduce the character of Nia Nal, aka Dreamer.

On Supergirl, the titular heroine's adopted sister, Alex Danvers (Chyler Leigh), notably came out as a lesbian in season 2 and had a relationship with Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima), a police detective. There will apparently be many parallels between her journey to self-discovery and destiny fulfillment with Supergirl herself - we'll just have to wait and see what those similarities will be.

"Having trans people play trans roles show [s] that we are valid in our identities and we exist", she said.

‘Supergirl’ Adds Nicole Maines As Transgender Superhero; April Parker Jones & David Ajala Also Cast – Comic-Con

Maines was featured in the HBO documentary The Trans Listand was the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the state of ME that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom they chose. The news was revealed during Comic-Con and Maines shared that she wished there had been a trans superhero on television when she was a child. Supergirl's version is described as "the type of guy who brings a knife to a gunfight and still walks away the victor".

She added: "You know it seems fitting to have a trans superhero - Supergirl stepped up and I stepped in".

"Now, it's very hopeful and relieving to watch creators and writers and directors and casting offices stepping up to put trans people in trans roles, so we can portray ourselves and we can start to disprove some of those stereotypes about us". 'We don't see the same issue with sexuality, we see straight people play gay all the time.

"She has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred", Maines told the audience during the panel.

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