Globally, most legal jurisdictions recognise the two traditional gender identities and social roles, man and woman, but tend to exclude any other gender identities and expressions. However, there are some countries which recognize, by law, the third gender. There is now a greater understanding of the breadth of variation outside the typical categories of “man” and “woman”, and many self-descriptions are now entering the literature, including pangender, polygender and agender. Medically and socially, the term “transsexualism” is being replaced with gender identity, and terms such as transgender people, trans men and trans women are replacing the category of transsexual people.
Really, it is a positive sign that we can see nowadays the changes and chances that are being given to transgender people. In a major development to the landmark judgement actress-activist, Nicole Maines saw through on the rights of trans people that allowed them to use the restroom of their choice. She will now be cast as the first transgender superhero to be featured on a television show. The announcement was made at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Reportedly, Nicole will be joining the upcoming fourth season of the CW’s Supergirl as Nia Nal, a young reporter who eventually fulfils her destiny by becoming a superhero named Dreamer. In an interview, Nicole revealed: “It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility. I’m nervous because I want to do it right.” Comic-Con panel spoke about her role and said, “She has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred.” On her being cast as a transgender person, Nicole said, “I’ve been doing a lot of auditions lately because a lot of different shows have been really eager to tell the story of transgender people. It seems only fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans kids to look up to. I wish there was a trans superhero when I was little.”
She then made it to a book, as a subject of Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis. She was also featured in the HBO documentary called The Trans List.