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Nerd Out with Jessie Gender: The Importance of Supergirl's Transgender Superhero

Jessie Earl

With transgender activist and actress Nicole Maine's upcoming portrayal of Nia Nul (aka Dreamer) in the CW's popular seriesĀ Supergirl, she'll become TV's first ever transgender superhero. Yet, beyond being a simple television first, Maine's role represents a radical shift in the types of narratives that transgender characters get to participate in.

In the latest episode of Nerd Out, Jessie Gender breaks down why Supergirl's Dreamer may be one of the first in a new wave of transgender stories, and why some think the upcoming character to be so controversial.