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Transgender Jeopardy Contestant Wins on Final Day of Trans Awareness Week

By Lori Perkins

Sometimes the universe just decides to make a point!

On Friday, November 19th, Amy Schneider won big on Jeopardy, the final day of Trans Awareness Week. She became a three-day champion with winnings of $110,200 after she entered the Final Jeopardy round $25,000 ahead of her competitor and wagered a whopping $15,000. She returned on Monday and Tuesday where she became a five-day champion, guaranteeing her a spot in the next tournament of top winners, with total winnings of $170,400.

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California thanked the trans competitors who came before her in a series of tweets about the game show. She mentioned Kate Freeman, who last year became the first out trans champion, "My thanks to all of them for blazing the trail!" Schneider tweeted.

She also addressed the reaction of some Jeopardy viewers who complained about the "Naturalized Woman" category, which featured questions about famous women who were not born in the U.S. and later became naturalized citizens. "There wasn't actually anything wrong with it, and I had forgotten it entirely until I watched the episode today," Schneider said. "But I think it's clear it landed differently with a trans woman on stage, which is unfortunate."


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