‘Jeopardy!’ champ Amy Schneider may be a game-changer for the trans community
It’s possible that many “Jeopardy!” viewers are not even aware, 30 shows in, that super-champ Amy Schneider — one of the four winningest contestants in the show’s history — is a trans woman.
But LGBTQ+ viewers know.
They also know that Schneider could be a cultural game-changer.
“She’s phenomenal,” said Leslie Farber, a Montclair lawyer. “With a personality to match her intelligence.”
Mainstream viewers might not know because Schneider herself doesn’t make a big point of it. Neither does the show.
It’s come up a few times, in casual banter with guest host Ken Jennings, in the weeks leading up to Schneider’s big milestone: passing the $1 million mark last Friday. But Schneider, an engineering manager, is so low-key and relaxed, so seemingly comfortable inside her skin, that the issue quickly became a non-issue for almost everyone except some social media trolls who felt the need to throw shade online.
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