The CW’s “Supergirl” actress took to social media today sharing her story for International Transgender Day of Visibility. Maines has played the world’s first openly transgender superhero, Nia Nal / Dreamer, since 2018.
“No one should have to hide who they are,” Maines said in an extensive comment on Twitter. “We should all get the chance to be visible and proud of who we are.”
Maines continued in saying bills that target trans youth across the country have never been about fairness or safety, but rather “erasing trans existence.”
“Being a kid is hard enough without adults targeting you for who you are,” Maines said. “Stand up against bills like these. Contact the lawmakers in your area. Demand justice for trans youth.”
Held annually on March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and acknowledge the determination it takes to live openly and authentically. Advocates also lift up the violence and discrimination that many transgender and non-binary people, especially trans women of color and Black trans women, still face.
In honor of Trans Day of Visibility, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the LGBTQ Task Force are co-hosting a panel, “Fierce, Fabulous and Fighting for Our Lives: A Conversation with Transgender and Non-Binary Young People.” The panel, which featured Josie Totah, Kate Sosin, Schuyler Bailar, Nico Craig, Ve’ondre Mitchell and Lala Shanks, will discuss the experiences of trans and non-binary young people, how they’re reacting to the news cycle and attacks on the trans community in statehouses across the country, and how to reach out to trans young people to come together as a community. Learn more here.
Earlier this week, on Monday and Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign held their first-ever Trans Justice and Advocacy Summit, as a part of HRC’s Trans Justice Initiative. The Summit brought together advocates from across the country to learn from and connect with each other, as well as other local and national stakeholders committed to advancing justice. The Summit’s goal was to build ties between HRC, the community and local stakeholders who, together, can make a meaningful difference in the lives of transgender and non-binary people.