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Supergirl casts TV's first Transgender Superhero

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Supergirl has made history by casting the first transgender superhero in the form of transgender actress and activist Nicole Maines, who is set to play Nia Nal/Dreamer in the new season.

She will be featured in the upcoming fourth season of the popular CW series alongside Melissa Benoist who plays the titular character.

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Supergirl is based on the DC comic character of the same name and is part of the same television universe as Arrow and The Flash. 

Dreamer has been described as "a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others" and Maines is excited to play a trans character whose identity doesn't not just revolve around their gender identity, but is complicated like a real person's. Nai is also "a reporter", "hopeful", "powerful", "wise" and "a good friend".

Talking to Variety, Maines discussed her experience of bringing the character to screen, saying she was "nervous" as she wants "to do it right".

She is excited however, as in the current climate of sub-par trans media represention, roles like this can show "the right representation" and that transgender people can be "whoever" and "whatever" they want to be. They "can be superheroes, because in many ways they are", she added. 

Maines hopes it can help in turning the tide against cis "men in dresses" and show transgender people are "valid" in their identities.

Supergirl will start its fourth season on The CW on October 14th and will broadcast on Sky One in the UK.

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