“I do think part of the reason I finally did get selected was that I had transitioned, and I was living my real identity,” said Schneider, 42. “Looking back, I realized that I was hiding so much of myself. I was a very closed-off person before that.”
The Oakland, California, resident and Chaminade Julienne graduate won nearly $1.4 million during her impressive, 40-game run that ended Jan. 26. She ranks second all-time behind Ken Jennings for most consecutive wins. She recently quit her job as an engineering manager to pursue other endeavors, including speaking engagements and writing a book. She also got engaged to her girlfriend, Genevieve Davis, on Feb. 24, and will compete in the Tournament of Champions this fall.
Schneider’s fellow honorees include Lizzo, Rita Moreno, Keke Palmer, Goldie Hawn, and Billie Eilish. For more on her People interview, visit website.
In related news, the March 6 edition of the Dayton Daily News will feature an editorial column from Schneider about trans representation in the media.