Amy Schneider Addresses Transphobic Trolls; Gets Love from Fans

Monday January 3, 2022

The current "Jeopardy" champ Amy Schneider (23 wins and counting) addressed transphobic comments she has received on social media with sarcasm.

"Schneider, who is the first transgender contestant to qualify for the game show's Tournament of Champions, addressed the commentary sent to her through messages over the course of December in a tweet on the last day of the year," reports NBC News.

"I'd like to thank all the people who have taken the time, during this busy holiday season, to reach out and explain to me that, actually, I'm a man. Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind," she wrote.

A Twitter user named Clauds (@yungcowboy_) pointed out how impactful Schneider's winning streak has changed attitudes in his family.

"Somehow, after 2-3 years of conversation, you being on Jeopardy every night has taught my dad to be accepting of trans people. You're the first person he's used correct pronouns with, a 83 year old man, saying "this isn't too hard. Thanks for your message of love"

Twitter user Anne Tifa (@annesoffee) shared a similar experience with her family: "Three generations of my family watch

@Jeopardy together, and Amy's run has done more to move my eightysomethung parents into the realm of understanding and acceptance of trans people than anything ever. We are all #teamjeopardyamy (and honestly floored by her knowledge)"

Another Twitter user, Danna (@drDannaB), wrote how her "trans kid" was feeling empowered by Amy: "Our trans kid watches you in total awe and gratitude every night. Thank you for being the amazing woman that you are!"

And Twitter user @Vannelope Von Me (@Karen95027263) joined in on how their family was enjoying Amy's "Jeopardy" run.

A pastor named Irrev. Paul Baudhuin (@BelgianFriar) wrote: "As a pastor I want to apologize for what you've had to endure. It is my tradition that owns the sin of homo/transphobia. I'm grateful, tho, for your strength, and for not believing those vicious lies. Thank u for your strength, for standing tall, and inspiring us. Peace to you."

He was joined by Episcopal priest Julie Nelson, who added her support: "I'm an Episcopal priest adding my voice to this message. The church has done much harm in the world and the sin of homo/transphobia is certainly a big one. My queer kids and I are cheering you on and are so delighted by your success - as well as your grace and goodness.:

Michael Vance, a former "Jeopardy" contestant tweeted: "As a former contestant (@KenJennings 26th game) and the parent of a young trans woman (who did quiz bowl in HS & college), it's been great to watch you. Congratulations on your streak and on having the grace to take the high road with these trolls and troglodytes!"