Jeopardy! contestant Amy Schneider did not hold back her thoughts when addressing the transphobic comments that have been made about her on social media.
Schneider – the very first transgender contestant to qualify for the Tournament of Champions on the show – addressed the ignorant comments sent to her through direct messages over the course of December in a tweet on the last day of the year.
“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,” she wrote.
“Every single one of you is the first person ever to make that very clever point, which had never once before crossed my mind.”
Many were quick to support the contestant and shower her with love and support.
“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,” one user and former “Jeopardy!” contestant tweeted to Schneider. “Congratulations on your streak and on having the grace to take the high road with these trolls and troglodytes!”
Another user shared both their love and their father’s love for Schneider in another comment, writing, “My 74 yo dad loves your blog. He is so angry on your behalf. ‘The Venn diagram of people who hate and misgender Amy and those who truly love Jeopardy are two separate circles.’ Amy, we are in your corner.”
“I don’t watch Jeopardy often, but when I was home for the holidays you were on, and my mom and I have been following closely since!” another Twitter user tweeted. “YOU ARE THE ROLE MODEL WE NEED! So cool to watch a beautiful minded, intelligent, and unapologetically authentic human make waves and history!”
“You have actually helped shift my parents’ perception of womanhood and I couldn’t thank you more,” one person wrote. “You are such a brilliant queen and I could not enjoy your run on Jeopardy more. Thank you for being you and showing up and representing. We are rooting for your success & power!”
And another shared: “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,'” the tweet continued. “Thanks for your message of love.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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