Current “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider has another reason to celebrate her historic “Jeopardy!” run.
Amy first made headlines when she became the first openly trans champion to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, which will be held later this year.
In December, she became the highest-earning female champion in “Jeopardy!” history and the woman with the longest winning streak.
After that, she became the fifth millionaire in “Jeopardy!” history and the fourth to do so during regular gameplay.
Last Friday, Amy surpassed James Holzhauer’s third-place record of 32 games to have the third-longest winning streak in “Jeopardy!” history. She is only a few days away from tying Yale Ph.D. student Matt Amodio and his win streak of 38 games, set back in September.
Amy has answered over 1,000 questions correctly on the show, but one question she never thought to ask is if she would ever win a GLAAD award her “Jeopardy!” run!
Amy Schneider Scores GLAAD Award Nomination!
GLAAD recently announced the nominations for its 33rd Annual Media Awards. The GLAAD Media Awards “recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives.”
HBO has picked up 19 nominations and Netflix has picked up 17 nominations, but it’s the Special Recognition category that really has “Jeopardy!” fans talking.
The nominees in the Special Recognition category are:
- All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson [filmed reading + performance]
- “Alok Vaid-Menon” 4D with Demi Lovato (Cadence13/OBB Sound/SB Projects)
- CODED: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (Paramount+)
- Jeopardy! Champion Amy Schneider
- The Laverne Cox Show (Shondaland Audio/iHeartMedia)
- Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson (ABC News)
- Outsports’ Coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics
With artists like Brandi Carlile, Demi Levato, Elton John, Halsey, and Lil Nas X also being nominated for a GLAAD award (in the music category, of course), Amy Schneider never dreamed that she might also be nominated for such a prestigious award!
Amy Schneider Is ‘Honored And Humbled’ To Be Nominated For GLAAD Award
Of all the things that have come out of my Jeopardy run, I will always be most proud of any good that I’ve managed to do for the trans community, so this acknowledgment means more than I can ever say
— Amy Schneider (@Jeopardamy) January 20, 2022
On Twitter, Amy thanked the GLAAD Media Award for her nomination, adding that she was “honored and humbled” to be recognized with a nomination.
“Hi all!” she began. “So, yesterday’s and today’s game threads will get up at some point, but as you might imagine my life is pretty crazy right now! But I did want to take a moment to acknowledge how honored and humbled I am to have been recognized in this year’s @glaad Media Awards.”
“Of all the things that have come out of my Jeopardy run, I will always be most proud of any good that I’ve managed to do for the trans community, so this acknowledgment means more than I can ever say,” she added.
Her post got over 3,000 likes as fans expressed their congratulations for the nomination.
“You are an inspiration,” one fan wrote. “I have watched Jeopardy for several decades but only periodically. My works keeps me very busy but everything stops so I can watch you. Thank you, you have touched the lives of so many people. in a multitude of positive ways.”
“I have been watching Jeopardy for the last 15 years and no one but you play with such an amazing strategy, knowledge and confident,” another wrote. “Now you belong to the million dollars club well done!”
“We support you 100% Amy! Keep up the great work, girl!” another fan commented. “You are inspiring so many trans youths with your visibility and living out loud! So proud of you!”
“Amy, your gracious humility is wonderful,” another shared. “However, as someone who has been an advocate for our trans community on the Right for over 6 years – you TOTALLY deserve this. You will likely never meet most of the hearts and minds you changed – but they are out there. Trust me. Bravo!”
“Congratulations Amy!! Such a well-deserved honor!!! You are an amazing woman, we are so excited for you,” another wrote. “Thank you for shining such a positive light on the trans community.”
“I seriously <3 you so much,” wrote another. “You’re so smart; it blows our minds. Not only that, you’re just so cool, well-spoken, and someone I’d love to be friends with. Amy, YOU may become the #1 Jeop Champion ever and that would be AWESOME. I wish Alex were alive for this. He’d be so thrilled.”
Hosts Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik have taken over for the late host Alex Trebek after he passed away of pancreatic cancer in November 2020.