Amy Schneider, a transgender woman, wraps Trans Awareness Week with a ‘Jeopardy!’ win

“Danger!” contestant Amy schneider She heads into Monday’s episode on a winning streak, joining the few openly trans winners on the show, and thanking the trans competitors who came before her.

Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, became a three-day champion on Friday’s episode with $ 110,200 in winnings after she entered the Jeopardy Final round $ 25,000 ahead of her competitor and bet a whopping $ 15,000.

The Final Jeopardy Category: American Authors of the 20th Century. Schneider correctly answered that Harper Lee and Truman Capote were the two childhood authors and friends with exhibits at the Old Courthouse Museum in Monroeville, Alabama.

“I could have bet up to 24,999 and considered it. But it’s tough,” Schneider wrote in a series of tweets over the weekend. “As it was, I was gambling on the price of a car, which felt bad. But it paid off again, and I surpassed $ 100K in total winnings! I’ll repeat it: HUNDRED. THOUSAND. DOLLARS. I mean, I still can hardly believe it, and I saw it happen on national television. “

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Amy Schneider, a & quot;  Jeopardy!  & Quot;  competitor poses with host Ken Jennings.

Amy Schneider, a “Jeopardy!” competitor poses with host Ken Jennings.

Friday’s victory coincided with the last day of Trans Awareness Week, which is celebrated every year from November 13-19.

Schneider isn’t the first openly trans person to compete on the long-running game show. She noted that a “handful” came before her, including Kate Freeman, who last year became the first transsexual champion.

“My thanks to all of them for leading the way!” Schneider tweeted.

He also addressed the reaction of viewers who thought it was insensitive for the show to include a category titled “Naturalized Woman,” which included questions about famous women who were not born in the US and later became naturalized citizens. USA TODAY has gotten closer to “Jeopardy!” representatives for further comments.

“Actually, there was nothing wrong with it, and I had completely forgotten about it until I saw today’s episode,” Schneider said. “But I think it’s clear that he landed differently with a trans woman on stage, which is unfortunate.”

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Jeopardy!’: Trans contestant Amy Schneider wins Trans Awareness Week

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