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Was Fox Sports Transphobic in Ignoring Amy Schneider at Pride Game?

transgender Jeopardy! champion Amy Schneider throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the San Francisco Giants’ Pride Day game Saturday, substituting two-day-old footage of a NASCAR driver instead.The sports channel is a sister company to the conservative Fox News Channel, leading some to wonder if there was transphobia involved, although Fox officials are saying the network simply doesn’t usually air the ceremonial pitches.The Giants were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the game, which Fox was broadcasting regionally. The Giants and Dodgers both wore caps with their logos in rainbow colors for LGBTQ+ Pride (the umpires sported a Pride insignia as well), and patrons who bought a special ticket package got rainbow socks.Schneider, who went farther on Jeopardy! than any woman or trans contestant in the show’s history, winning 40 consecutive games, threw out the first pitch while sporting a Giants jersey and a colorful, flouncy skirt.
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A post shared by Amy Schneider (@jeopardamy)Over 40 days, Amy Schneider went from an engineering manager to a household name. With anti-LGBTQ legislation sweeping the country, it feels like poetic justice that a trans woman found a platform for trans visibility to be broadcast into the homes across America.After two years of a pandemic in which LGBTQ folks all across the country were unable to access their usual bars, centers, and Pride parades, here was Oakland, California, trans woman and Dayton, Ohio, native Schneider queering Jeopardy!, the beloved American game show that has aired in millions of American living rooms for almost 60 years. Related: Amy Schneider, BADASS winner at the 10th Anniversary of the QueertiesSchneider has been a champion for transgender visibility at a time when it’s most needed simply by showing up authentically and sharing her encyclopedic knowledge on a national platform.The entire country watched as she racked up 40 consecutive wins over 40 days and nearly $1.4 million in prize money, her streak helping boost viewership. She was a delightful presence, always modest, warm, and sporting her signature string of pearls. It was also an opportunity for Schneider to reflect on her personal journey. “Six months ago, none of you had heard of Amy Schneider,” she said at the 10th anniversary Queerty Awards.
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