Oakland resident, ‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Amy Schneider reflects on her visit to the White House on Transgender Awareness Day

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — She’s gone from Oakland software engineer to “Jeopardy” champion, and now a White House guest.

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

ABC7 News Anchor Reggie Aqui spoke with her about her West Wing moment.

“It was, you know, hard to believe it was right, it wasn’t something that I was really imagining. And you know, does it look like that on TV… And really, you know, quite an honor,” she said.

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

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

“You know, I think all the stories I’ve heard from people are about, you know, their loved ones, their parents, their grandparents, their loved ones, being able to figure things out. a different way before then they could before after seeing it,” she said.

“And it was kind of a surprise to me until I thought about it. And I realized that yeah, they hadn’t seen just a trans person before. They had only seen characters. They had seen, you know, the stereotypes and the scary things that people say, and they just hadn’t seen the reality of it yet.”

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