In an interview with Teen Vogue, Amy Schneider, Jeopardy champion; Zaya Wade, trans activist and Zach Koung, youth ambassador, contributed to supporting LGBTQ youth in school and creating more inclusive communities.
Schneider’s historic 40-day Jeopardy! the run earned nearly $1.4 million and a growing community of fans. She did not take the responsibility of representing the trans community on the show lightly.
She said, “It felt amazing. I was expecting worse negativity but far more support and affirmation that taught me to come a lot farther than I thought.”
During her Jeopardy! Schneider said, “she felt a certain responsibility to be my best self and represent the trans community well.”
As far as the future is concerned, Schneider says she wants people to focus more on alliances and initiatives like It Gets Better 50 states. 50 Grants. 5000 Voices Grant that closes its bid window on March 15.
She explained, “To keep in mind from an ally perspective, it’s a huge deal for the person coming out, but it doesn’t mean anything to you, with the possible exception of changing pronouns or things like that.”
Meanwhile, Wade, whose father, NBA star Dwyane Wade, and mother-in-law Gabrielle Union were solid advocates for trans rights, talked about having family support.
Schneider said, “Throughout my entire journey, whether my gender expression or sexuality, I felt I always had to tell someone something, to do this or say that, and it was a lot.”
When it comes to balancing the negative aspects of public presence, Wade says it’s a question of an alliance.
Wade explained, “The expectation for anyone who has to represent the LGBTQ+ community is a lot, and there are pressures.”