Nicole Maines Biography, Bio, Age, Twin Brother, Supergirl, Discrimination Case, Parents
Nicole Maines Biography
Nicole Amber Maines popularly known as Nicole Maines is an American actress and transgender activist born on 7th October 1997 in America. She is the first transgender superhero as she is set to join the main cast of The CW series Supergirl as Nia Nal/ Dreamer. She became popular when a state court ruled that transgender students must be allowed access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. This was as a result discrimination case she filed against Orono district school.
She was featured in the HBO documentary ‘The Trans List’. She is the subject of the book ‘Becoming Nicole’ by author Amy Ellis Nutt. She made a guess appearance in an episode of TV drama ‘Royal Pains’ as a transgender teen.
Nicole Maines Age
Nicole was born on 7th October 1997 in America (21 years as at 2017) as Wyatt Benjamin Maines.
Nicole Maines Parents
Her parents are Wayne and Kelly Maines. They suffered through years of infertility until in 1997 when they decided to adopt. From a young age they said they noticed that the kids differed in gender as Wyatt identified as female.
Nicole Maines Profile
Nicole Maines was born Wyatt Maines, at birth (in 1997) together with his twin brother Jones Maines were adopted by middle class, conservative parents.
By the age of 2, when they were learning to speak, Wyatt asked his mother, “When do I get to be a girl?” and “When will my penis fall off?”.
When the boys were about to begin first grade, the family decided to hold a ‘Get to kmow the Maineses’ party for the neighborhood. Wyatt appeared wearing a pink pricess dress from Toys R Us. His father reprimanded him and said he could not wear that as he was a boy. His mother, Kelly, asked him to wear pants and a shirt as it was not the right time for a dress.
“I can’t be myself,” Wyatt said, a mixture of sadness and anger in his voice. “Jonas gets to wear what he wants. Why can’t I?”
Kelly knew it was true, and that it wasn’t fair.
“Let’s just try to get to know people first,” she said.
As the boys advanced through elementary school Wyatt was allowed to look like a girl and dress like one and then came the name change, a girl’s name.
Wyatt chose “Raven” a character on one of his favorite television shows but his brother Wayne complained it was not a real name. He considered Quinn, a character on the Nickelodeon teen comedy/drama “Zoey 101,” but he kept stumbling over the spelling. Finally, he settled on Nicole, or Nikki for short, one of Zoey’s sidekicks.
His name was legally changed from Wyatt Benjamin Maines to Nicole Amber Maines. She began taking puberty-suppressing drugs — an innovative treatment for transgender kids that essentially pauses their puberty, stopping their bodies from developing unwanted physical changes. In Summer 2015 Nicole underwent gender confirmation surgery.
Nicole Maines Discrimination Lawsuit
Nicole began using girls toilet until the school banned her and made her use a staff bathroom isolated from other students after a male student began following her into the bathroom and claimed that if she could use it, he also could.
The Maineses pulled their kids from the school and move from Orono, Maine to Portland after Nicole was bullied at school for using the girls’ bathroom.
They filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Orono district school. In 2014, seven years after the first bathroom incident, the court ruled that the school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing Nicole to use the girls bathroom. The ruling made history as it was the first time a state court ruled that transgender students must be allowed access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
On November 2014 the court awarded $75,000 settlement to the Maines family and the activist organization, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defender. The Orono school district was prohibited from refusing transgender students access “to school restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity.”
Nicole Maines Supergirl
On 21st June 2018 at Comic-Con it was announced that Nicole Maines would ve making history by becoming the first ever trans supehero on television as she will appear on the fourth season of CW’s ‘Supergirl’.
“I haven’t really wrapped my head around it, It feels fitting to say with great power, comes great responsibility. I’m nervous because I want to do it right. We can be whoever we want, we can do whatever we want, we can be superheroes, because in many ways we are. We’ve had trans representation in television for a while but it hasn’t been the right representation.
I think we’re in a time right now where more than ever representation in the media matters. And what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society.
I think that cis gender actors don’t take roles out of malice, it’s just a failure to realize the context of having cis gender people play trans gender characters. We don’t see the same issue with sexuality, we see straight people play gay all the time. With trans folks we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reasons and that’s just not true. Having trans people play trans roles show that we are valid in our identities and we exist.” She said.
— Supergirl.TV | AT SDCC NOW! (@Supergirltvsite) July 21, 2018
Nicole Maines Bit
She is also set to feature in Bit, feminist vampire movie indie horror film, as a transgender teenager Laurel
Transgender student Nicole Maine’s who fought bathroom rules to star in feminist vampire movie indie horror film “Bit” as transgender teenager Laurel. Directed & Written by Brad Michael Elmore. We wish you best of luck @NicoleAMaines ! pic.twitter.com/2ft8ue7TpI
— QUEEN (@QUEENWebTV) July 17, 2018