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A 40-day Jeopardy! winning streak is just the beginning for Amy Schneider

A post shared by Amy Schneider (@jeopardamy)Over 40 days, Amy Schneider went from an engineering manager to a household name. With anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping the country, it feels like poetic justice that a trans woman found a platform for trans visibility to be broadcast into the homes across America.After two years of a pandemic in which LGBTQ folks all across the country were unable to access their usual bars, centers, and Pride parades, here was Oakland, California, trans woman and Dayton, Ohio, native Schneider queering Jeopardy!, the beloved American game show that has aired in millions of American living rooms for almost 60 years. Related: Amy Schneider, BADASS winner at the 10th Anniversary of the QueertiesSchneider has been a champion for transgender visibility at a time when it’s most needed simply by showing up authentically and sharing her encyclopedic knowledge on a national platform.The entire country watched as she racked up 40 consecutive wins over 40 days and nearly $1.4 million in prize money, her streak helping boost viewership. She was a delightful presence, always modest, warm, and sporting her signature string of pearls. It was also an opportunity for Schneider to reflect on her personal journey. “Six months ago, none of you had heard of Amy Schneider,” she said at the 10th anniversary Queerty Awards.

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Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider has been praised by one of her recent competitors for handling the "bigots" she faces on social media with "grace."California-based engineering manager Schneider made her debut on the syndicated quiz show in November during Trans Awareness Week and has since gone on to become the first transgender woman to qualify for Tournament of Champions.As she continues to rack up records—including being the highest earning woman in the show's history and having the longest win streak of all women—she has also encountered unpleasant comments from a relatively small fraction of Twitter users.In an essay penned for Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, Andrea Asuaje discussed how she had been defeated by Schneider when they competed against one another on the show, in an episode that aired toward the end of November.And after recounting the highs and lows of her Jeopardy! experience in great detail, the podcast producer praised Schneider not only for her formidability in the game, but also for how she faces "narrow-minded jerks" on social media."She's an incredible player, navigating the board like she's been doing it her whole life," Asuaje wrote. "She's also handled the absolutely vile comments she's received on social media from bigots and narrow-minded jerks with grace and strength.""I lost to Amy Schneider, but now I want her to keep winning," she went on.
Amy Schneider 'Overwhelmed' by Reaction to Her $1M Win on 'Jeopardy!'
Jeopardy! as a "life-changing experience," after she became only the fourth person to earn more than $1 million on the show.Schneider had already made history as the first transgender person to place in the show's Tournament of Champions and has the record for most consecutive wins by a woman.During Friday's episode, Schneider extended her winning streak to 28 games, earning $42,200 which brings her total winnings to $1,019,600.After her latest win, she said, "it feels amazing, it feels strange," adding that it was "not a sum of money I ever anticipated would be associated with my name."Afterward the latest show aired on Friday, she tweeted: "I just want to acknowledge how overwhelmed I am by the things being written about me, and about what this run means."This has been a life-changing experience, thank you all so so much for your kindness and support."Her quick-fire answers and sharp intellect have won her many fans on the syndicated show, and her popularity has been considered a boost for the LGBTQ+ community.The Washington Post described her as "one of the most famous trans women in America," and noted social media users have reported that older relatives have become more open-minded about trans people after watching her.In an editorial, the paper said she "didn't ask to become a trans icon" and just "wants to be judged for her talents, just like everyone else."Somehow, after 2-3 years of conversation, you being on Jeopardy every night has taught my dad to be accepting of trans people.