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Residents of Oakland, California, “Jopardy!” Champ Amy Schneider reflects on her visit to the White House on Transgender Day of Visibility

OAKLAND, California – She went from software engineer in Oakland to Jeopardy champion and is now a guest of the White House.

Amy Schneider marked Transgender Visibility Day by meeting with administration and addressing the recent surge in anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment on March 31.

ABC7 news anchor Reggie Aqui spoke to her about her West Wing moment.

“It was, you know, hard to believe it was easy, it wasn’t something I ever really thought about. And you know, it looks just like it does on TV… And really, you know, quite an honor,” she said.

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In addition to Schneider’s visit to the White House, Aqui told her she had “a really important message.”

“Basically, your message was that representation matters,” Aqui said.

“You know, I think all the stories I’ve heard from people were talking about their relatives, their parents, grandparents, loved ones who were able to understand things differently before then they could before after seeing it,” she said.

“And that was kind of a surprise to me until I thought about it. And I realized that they hadn’t seen just one trans person before. You’ve only seen characters. They’ve seen the stereotypes and the scary things people are saying, and they hadn’t seen the reality.”

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