Amy Schneider makes Jeopardy history as first out transgender contestant to qualify for Tournament of Champions
A new kind of history was just made on Jeopardy.
On Tuesday night’s show, contestant Amy Schneider became the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for the show’s special “Tournament of Champions.” The history-making moment came after Schneider won five consecutive games and claimed the title of 10-day champion with a total of $380,200.
While Schneider is not the first trans contestant to become a champion on the show, she’s the first contestant to make it to the highest level of the competition. While speaking to Jeopardy‘s Jimmy McGuire in a Winner’s Circle interview following the show, she revealed that as a child growing up in the Midwest in a conservative family, a trans comedian named Natasha Muse — who she became aware of when she moved to San Fransisco — inspired her to embrace her trans identity and pursue competing in the show she’s been a lifelong fan of.