Amy Schneider is first trans contestant to qualify for ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament of Champions

Schneider, an engineering supervisor from Oakland, California, won her 11th contest today. Though Schneider is not the very first trans champ the program has actually had, she is the very first to receive the evasive Competition of Champions, the yearly competitors including the gamers with the most wins from the previous season.

The majority of Schneider’s victories have been runaway games, according to “Jeopardy!,” meaning that her earnings have been more than double the score of the contestant in second place when going into Final Jeopardy.

Schneider wore a transgender flag pin during the Thanksgiving episode in solidarity with transgender people who may be ostracized from their families. Later, she wrote about her decision to wear the pin on Twitter.
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“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show. I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!” she wrote.

“The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans all that often, and so when appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor,” she continued. “But I also didn’t want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until they read about it, I do want people to know that aspect of me. I think being trans is really cool!”

Schneider has been competing on the program since November 17 and has actually won more than $400,000.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.