'Jeopardy!' Champ Amy Schneider Visits White House

Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider talks with reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 31, 2022 in Washington, DC. In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Schneider, the first openly transgender Jeopardy! winner, visited the White House to meet with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and discuss the advancement of transgender rights.
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Amy Schneider, the first woman to win more than $1 million on Jeopardy!, made an appearance at the White House briefing room to highlight the Biden administration's recognition of the International Transgender Day of Visibility Thursday (March 31).

According to a White House pool reporter, Schneider told the journalists assembled there that recent legislation prohibiting transgender children -- Schneider is transgender -- from participating in school spots and preventing teachers from discussing LGBT issues is "really scary."

Schneider also met with Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and planned to meet with some transgender youth as well.

In a proclamation on the Day of Visibility, President Biden said he and his administration sees transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people for what they are, "deserving of dignity, respect, and support."

"Like never before, they are sharing their stories in books and magazines; breaking glass ceilings of representation on television and movie screens; enlisting -- once again -- to serve proudly and openly in our military; getting elected and making policy at every level of government; and running businesses, curing diseases, and serving our communities in countless other ways."

On the TV front, on Thursday, Caitlyn Jenner, one of the highest profile transgender people in the country, was signed by Fox News as a commentator and analyst across various platforms.

President Biden also spoke about local government efforts targeted to the LGBTQ community. "Efforts to criminalize supportive medical care for transgender kids, to ban transgender children from playing sports, and to outlaw discussing LGBTQI+ people in schools undermine their humanity and corrode our Nation's values," he said. ■

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.