Amy Schneider — a biological male who identifies as female — has usurped a biological female to become the “woman with the highest overall earnings” in the history of “Jeopardy!”
Larissa Kelly, the biological female who previously held the title, congratulated Schneider on the accomplishment.
Schneider gladly accepted the accolades and the title as the highest-earning “woman.”
The transgender contestant has won 20 games, raking in $768,600 in earnings — outstripping the $655,930 previously earned by Kelly.
Schneider addressed being transgender on “Jeopardy!” in a Twitter thread posted in late November.
“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,” wrote the player. “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!”
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During an interview with the pro-LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, Schneider described not wanting to put transgenderism “too front and center” on the trivia show.
“This isn’t something that should be that interesting — that a trans woman is doing well on ‘Jeopardy!'” Schneider said. “It happens to be, and I understand that, and that’s fine, but I wanted to make it clear that that’s secondary to me being on ‘Jeopardy!’ and being good at it. That’s what I want to be known for.”
After having been on the show for a few episodes, though, Schneider expressed feeling a “need to acknowledge” being transgender “in some way.” At that point, the contestant wore a transgender flag pin.
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