5 Tweets of “Jeopardy!” champion (and Ohio native!) Amy Schneider using her voice to increase LGBTQ+ visibility

Schneider has expressed hope in being an inspiration to the “nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show too.”

With winnings totaling $1,019,600, Ohio-native Amy Schneider is currently on a 28-game winning streak on the long-running, syndicated quiz show “Jeopardy!”.

On Friday, she became the 4th contestant to ever pass the $1 million mark, and the first female to achieve the feat. She currently stands as the fourth all-time champion in regular-season play and has qualified for the Tournament of Champions.

And she has taken that buzzer by storm all while being her authentic self for an estimated 8.7 million viewers per episode to see.

Schneider, a 42-year-old out trans woman, grew up in Dayton. She attended Chaminade-Julienne High School, later graduating from the University of Dayton before relocating to California to work as an engineering manager.

She has spoken publicly about her past struggles as a trans woman in the Buckeye State, but has expressed hope in being an inspiration to the “nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show too.”

“I am from Ohio where the only trans people I thought of were drag queens or prostitutes,” she told ABC 7. “Seeing other trans women in a good spotlight inspired me to not be afraid of trying to compete in the thing I have always loved.”

In honor of Schneider’s groundbreaking run, we gathered 5 of our favorite tweets in which she is using her voice to bring much-needed visibility to the LGBTQ+ community.

1. A Magic Flute

Schneider shared with Newsweek that she credits June 30, 2017 as the date she started openly living as her true self. She later tweeted about a pivotal life moment she experienced during a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that inspired her coming out.

2. A Flag For All to See

On the Thanksgiving Day show, Schneider wore a pin of the trans flag to send a message of support to trans individuals who have been ostracized by their families.

She later tweeted why it was important for her to send this message particularly on Thanksgiving, encouraging fans to donate to LGBTQ+ related organizations supporting trans individuals.

3. The Great and Powerful Ozma

Although copyright laws prevent her from displaying it on the air, Schneider has shared that her tattoo on her left arm of Ozma of Oz has special LGBTQ+ meaning.

4. A Political Stance

Schneider has shown that she is not unafraid to use her platform for advocacy. When Representative Tim Ryan, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator representing Ohio, tweeted his congratulations to Schneider, she used that opportunity to bring attention to the high political stakes for trans Ohioans in next year’s election.

5. Honoring the Past

Although Schneider is the first out trans woman to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, she is quick to point out that she is not the first trans contestant on “Jeopardy!”, nor even the first trans winner.

Schneider returns to the podium this evening with millions watching to see if she continues her winning ways.

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