Trans woman becomes Jeopardy! champion in the middle of Trans Awareness Week

Amy Schneider on the November 19 episode of "Jeopardy!"
Amy Schneider on the November 19 episode of "Jeopardy!" Photo: Screenshot/Jeopardy!

A transgender woman became the new Jeopardy! champion on Wednesday, a victory that was all the more sweet by the fact that it took place during Trans Awareness Week.

Amy Schneider defeated five-time champion Andrew He when she was the only contestant to answer the Final Jeopardy question correctly. She won $31,600 after identifying which island contains the graves of Robert Fulton and two of the first four treasury secretaries.

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The answer was Manhattan.

Schneider celebrated her victory on Twitter.

After providing an in-depth explanation of her strategy to followers, she wrote, “AND THEN I WON!!!! I genuinely couldn’t believe it. After 30+ years of watching, and 10+ years of trying to get on, I’d actually won Jeopardy!”

She also clarified that several trans contestants have appeared on the show before her, including the first out trans champion Kate Freeman. “Many thanks to all of them for blazing the trail!” she said.

In the replies, many people expressed what Schneider’s win meant to them.

“i’m trans and it’s incredibly rare for us to win,” one user wrote, “especially with how there are several laws in place that make it harder for us to exist and prosper. seeing ourselves represented in such a way on public media like this is massive because we’re not used to succeeding.”

“I’m SOOO happy you’re succeeding and allowing the community to prosper,” wrote another.

And one more still expressed gratitude to Schneider, “I watch jeopardy daily and I’ve never seen myself reflected back until today and wow it made it feel so different. Thank you for that. I’m so happy you won!”

In an episode that aired on Thursday, Schneider returned to defend her title and won yet again.

Check out her two victories (so far):

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