Tuesday, September 13, 2022

I love a Success Story - Nicole Maines (TED)

I first wrote about Nicole in 2018 - Royal Pains - Nicole Maines.  A Lot has happened and below is her 2021 TED talk.

Nicole Maines

Nicole Maines tells her story of growing up openly transgender and how she came to accept herself. She couldn't have done it alone, however. While family support is essential, Nicole Maines insists it isn’t enough.  Family and community must work together to provide the space for transgender youth to find their own voice and to feel valued as individuals.  And it all begins with the power of listening. 

Nicole Maines is a student, transgender youth activist and supporter of LGBT change. In 2014, she and her family won a lawsuit against her former school after being forced to use the staff bathroom instead of the girls’ bathroom. Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that Nicole’s rights had been violated, marking a historic and landmark victory for transgender rights in the U.S.

Now an Arts and Theatre student at the University of Maine, Nicole continues to fight for LGBT change. She has been featured on Maine Public Radio, Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, Atlantic Magazine Live, and the Boston Globe. She was named one of Glamour magazine’s “50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference” and is the subject of “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt


Here is the NPR interview. 'Becoming Nicole' Recounts One Family's Acceptance Of A Transgender Child


  1. thank you for taking the time to dig up so much interesting stuff--emily

  2. Thanks for providing this. I hadn't seen this talk by her. I was lucky to hear her dad speak at "First Event" a number of years ago. He was a civilian working with the military and he related a story about going to dinner one night with a group of generals. As they went around the table telling each other about their families, it came to him to describe his. After a pause he indicated that he had a set of IDENTICAL twins, a boy and a girl. The generals paused for a moment to process that thought before they moved on!