Trans Jeopardy! champ Amy Schneider — an engineering manager living in Oakland, California — has become the show’s highest-earning female contestant of all time.
As of last Friday, she has won 18 consecutive victories, bringing her total winnings to $706,800. In doing so, she beat the womens’ record set by Larissa Kelly, who won $655,930 in regular-season play and Jeopardy! tournament appearances, Newsweek reported.
Kelly congratulated Schneider in a December 24 tweet which read, “Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy record for a few years…but it’s been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off. Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show’s history!”
In response to Kelly’s tweet, Schneider replied, “Thanks so much, I’m honored to be in your company, and I look forward to some day watching the woman who beats us both!”
Kelly then responded, “I hope there will be a long line of such women, but you are certainly setting the bar extremely high for them! (And holy hell, that’s *before* any tournaments…can’t wait to see the fireworks to come!)”
Schneider first gained fame amongst LGBTQ Jeopardy! fans by becoming the show’s new champion during Trans Awareness Week. Her win defeated five-time champion Andrew He.
After winning five episodes in a row, she qualified to compete in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions, a yearly tournament between the show’s 15 contestants that won in the most episodes. She was the first out trans contestant ever to do so.
However, she’s still many victories away from breaking the second-place record for most consecutive wins: 38, set by Matt Amodio in 2021. The first-place record was set by Kyle Jennings’ 74-win streak in 2004.
Jameela Jamil and Jonathan Van Ness are among some of the top Netflix stars who will support a walkout by employees at the streamer in the wake of Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special.
Chappelle's The Closer, which was released on Netflix earlier this month, features the comedian declaring himself as "team TERF" - referencing the acronym trans-exclusionary radical feminist - as well as defending JK Rowling's gender critical stance.
The streaming giant was urged by some LGBTQ+ organisations to pull the show down, branding Chappelle's comments transphobic, with one group accusing the comic of delivering "anti-LGBTQ diatribes".
A group of employees at Netflix have planned a walkout on Wednesday, after top boss Ted Sarandos defended the show, saying it would remain on the platform.
It comes after a member of staff and the head of a trans employee group at Netflix was fired for leaking confidential data surrounding the show, including how much was paid for it - metrics which are fiercely guarded by the streamer.
As part of the walkout, Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness, who identifies as non-binary, and The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil will feature in a video message to Sarandos, supporting the company's transgender employees and to urge him to push for more inclusive and non-discriminatory content on Netflix.
Queer Eye, a reboot of the 00s lifestyle show, and after-life sitcom The Good Place have been huge, critically-acclaimed successes for Netflix, with the former launching Van Ness into global stardom.
Eureka O'Hara from RuPaul's Drag Race and Angelica Ross from Pose will also feature among other Netflix stars in the clip.
The walkout has been organised by Ashlee Marie Preston and will take place at Netflix's Hollywood headquarters. It will share a list of demands with Sarandos, including the creation of a fund to develop trans and non-binary talent and the need for recruiting trans people to leadership roles.
In an Instagram post, Ms Preston said she wants "to underscore the importance of responsible content offerings that prioritise the safety and dignity of all marginalised communities".
She added: "We shouldn't have to show up quarterly/annually to push back against harmful content that negatively impacts vulnerable communities. Instead, we aim to use this moment to shift the social ecology around what Netflix leadership deems ethical entertainment, while establishing policies and guidelines that protect employees and consumers, alike."
By Loki River
In a world where technology is everywhere and people are more accepting than ever, coming out is still one of the hardest things a queer person can do.
When I first explored my identity, I told myself I would never come out. Instead, I would live my life authentically as a queer, asexual, polyamorous Transgender man.
I slowly came out over time. First, I told my close friends, who accepted me straight away. I then began to make new friends with other queer people online, who helped me figure out who I am.
In 2018 I downloaded TikTok to watch other people and to have a hobby in my downtime. This grew to me becoming a content creator where I post about my journey – from coming out, to starting testosterone, to getting help to crowdfund top surgery next year. But with the good came the bad.
Some people that knew my mother went against my wishes and outed me to her. It hurt so immensely because I knew she would not accept me, and I was right. When I told her “I am trans”, she at first acted as if it was ok. But ever since then, she has not respected my identity.
My father also found out I am trans when a friend outed me to him. He then went and told his friends, “I still class her as a woman, even though her voice sounds like a boy.” I always knew it was going to be hard, but nothing could have prepared me for the hurt I felt.
Since neither of my parents accept me, I leave any conversation about myself at the door anytime I see them. This is disappointing because I want my parents to know me, the real me. Not the person they want me to be.
During the end of 2019 I decided my parents decisions weren’t going to dictate my life. My feelings and emotions were mine. If I want to cut my hair, and dress masculine then that is on me. This helped significantly with my mental health. I was able to express myself and be happier instead of keeping all of my emotions bottled up.
I found my real family online. Older queer people became my ‘parents’, and I became a ‘dad’ to younger queer people. I found strength through them.
When I became an influencer on TikTok, I became friends with people like AJ Clementine, an LGBTQI model and activist. AJ has helped me be proud of who I am. Thanks to her I am no longer afraid to be myself. I strive to use my platform to help other people like me, and provide a safe space to anyone