September marks the return of FORTNITE’S Rainbow Royale – the massively popular LGBTQ+ Pride event includes new queer content and cosmetics for players. This year, actress, advocate and trans superhero Nicole Maines gears up for yet another milestone in her career, becoming the first trans character to join Fortnite.
Dreamer’s arrival in Fortnite marks the first time an established trans character has been added into the game and she will be available in Fortnite’s Item Shop after a Zero Build Squads tourney. Players can collect free LGBTQ-themed cosmetics, such as a drag-inspired death drop emote, a new lobby music track, a loading screen, and more. Nicole Maines will also be streaming Fortnite as the superhero next week to celebrate the character launch.
This isn’t the first time Dreamer has made history, Dreamer became the first trans superhero to appear on TV when she first appeared on the CW series, Supergirl. Dreamer – who goes by her civilian name Nia Nal – is a powerful superhero with the abilities of precognition, dream walking, astral projection, and energy projection.
2020 VARIETY “Power of Young Hollywood” Honoree, 2020 VARIETY “Power of Pride” Honoree, 2020 HRC Upstander Award Honoree and 2020 GLAAD Media Award nominated actress is set to star in the upcoming HULU feature film DARBY PARKER WANTS YOU TO KNOW, set to premiere this Fall! A talented writer, Nicole also recently joined DC comics as a contributing writer for their 2021 and 2022 special PRIDE issues, including this year’s groundbreaking Superman: Son of Kal-El issue, in which Batman’s son comes out as bisexual. The anthology features stories from LGBTQ creators and highlights queer characters from the DC universe. This year DC announced that they will again be partnering up with Maines with her at the helm to pen the Dreamer graphic novel based on her Supergirl fan-favorite character.
Born and raised in Maine, Nicole made her extraordinary mark on the world by being an LGBTQ+ activist and an indisputable voice for the transgender community. In 2014, Maines fought and won the Supreme Court case, Doe v. Clenchy, that moved the needle for transgender children by allowing them to use the school bathroom designated for the gender with which they identify.
An avid gamer, Maines loves playing video games on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. She also enjoys cosplay; anything to give her a reason to dress up, especially Star Wars themed. Growing up, Maines loved playing dress up because it was how she could express herself before transitioning, she believes playing dress up gave her most of her inspiration and desire to pursue acting in college. Beyond gaming and cosplay, Nicole has an infatuation for art; it runs in her family with her mom being quite the illustrator/painter, Maines loves creating digital art and is currently assisting in creating the scenery for an adaptation for the book “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas.