‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Explains Special Pin Worn During Run

by Kati Michelle

If there’s one thing that the “Jeopardy!” gameshow’s got, it’s consistency. Premiering back in March of ’64, the gameshow has kept a relatively same set-up across nearly 40 seasons. That doesn’t mean it lacks character, though. Between all of the puzzling riddles and flipping tiles, the show always allots the players a few minutes to share quirky details about themselves or a brief message they’d like to send.

One of the show’s most recent champions is Amy Schneider. She decided to take the opportunity to share her own message during her ongoing run by wearing a special pin dedicated to a particular community. You can watch her break down that powerful message below.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Shares Her Support for the Trans Community During the Holidays

During a post-show interview, Amy Schneider reveals that she wore a pin bearing the trans flag during her “Jeopardy!” run. You can watch her message here:

Schneider says that although she has a supportive family to connect with over the holidays, she understands that the same cannot be said for many other trans folk. Later, Schneider took to Twitter to further explain the reason she wore the pin.

Representation Matters

Representation matters and, ultimately, that’s why Amy Schneider says she went through with the decision to bear the trans flag during her time on the show.

“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she starts her Twitter statement with. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”

She then continues on.

“The fact is, I don’t actually think about being trans all that often, and so when appearing on national television, I wanted to represent that part of my identity accurately: as important, but also relatively minor. But I also didn’t want it to seem as if it was some kind of shameful secret. While it’s gratifying to know that people didn’t necessarily know I was trans until they read about it, I do want people to know that aspect of me. I think being trans is really cool!”

“Thanksgiving is a holiday that is all about family. And that can be hard for anybody who has been ostracized or otherwise cut off from their family,” she explains. “…a group which, sadly, still includes a disproportionately high number of trans people, especially trans youth and trans people of color.”

She then drew attention to a couple of different organizations that people could donate to if they feel so inclined. That would be the Trans Lifeline and the Transgender Law Center.