Nicole Maines

By: Nicolle Llanes Period:3

Early Life

Nicole was born along with her identical twin brother, she was originally Wyatt. Her parents are Kelly and Wayne Maines. The family is originally from Southern Maine. At young age her brother would play with spider-man toys, while she would with barbies. Ever since a young age it was apparent to Nicole that she identified herself as a girl, despite her anatomical gender.

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"I have always known I was a girl. I think what I’m aiming for is to undergo surgery to get a physical female body that matches up to my image of myself."

Activism

Since Nicole had always identified herself as a girl, it would only be logical that she would use a girls' public restroom. But other classmates saw it unfit, as she was born a boy. The family made a case at court to allow people to enter the bathroom with the gender they identify with. Now thanks to Nicole, people can enter any public restroom they desire, despite what gender they were born with in Maine. This was the first time that a transgender child could go to the bathroom they identify themselves with. Nicole shows that people can cause change just by fighting the problems in your community. And even sometimes your intuitive can lead to changing the law. I believe that she has caused impact in her community, by being herself, and has gone through a hazardous moments for others to do express their true gender.
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Heroine

Heroine: a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.


I believe that Nicole is a heroine because she has taken upon herself to allow people a thing so simple, a human right, to go to the bathroom they please. I think that she endured a long journey to get her case approved, so I do think that she is a heroine to the transgender community, especially. She has displayed nobility and admirable qualities.