Amy Schneider, currently being seen in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, testified Wednesday against anti-trans legislation in her native state of Ohio.Schneider, the first trans contestant to qualify for the tournament and the most successful woman in the show’s history, spoke out against a bill that would ban gender-affirming health care for minors in the state.
House Bill 454 would bar medical professionals from providing such care and subject them to disciplinary action for violations, and it would not allow public funds to be used for these procedures.“I believe that this bill would have devastating consequences for Ohio’s children,” Schneider told the Ohio House Families, Aging and Human Services Committee.
She said she believes people on both sides of the issue want to protect children, but “passing this bill would be a tragic mistake.
Because far from protecting children, this bill would put some of them in grave danger and a danger that not all of them would survive.”She said she could cite statistics about suicide among trans youth, but she chose to take a more personal approach. “My life is going great right now, like beyond my wildest dreams,” Schneider said, referring to her Jeopardy!