A Jeopardy! contestant is celebrating a historic win after claiming a victory in the long-running quiz show.
a financial analyst from Lake Orion, Michigan
By : Nick Duffy
DECEMBER 15, 2020
Kate Freeman, a financial analyst from Lake Orion, Michigan, sported a trans pride pin as she took part in the quiz show on Friday (11 December).
A streak of right answers saw her best Kendra Blanchette, who had won the previous two episodes, taking home $5,599 in winnings.
Fans believe that Freeman is the first out transgender person to win the long-running show, which has been on the air since 1964 and has aired more than 8,000 episodes.
At least one former Jeopardy! champion has transitioned since appearing on the show, former contestant and long-time fan Jennifer Morrow clarified.
There is at least one other J! champ who has publicly spoken about being trans, a multi-game winner in the 1990s, although she used a different name and pronouns during her run. — Jennifer Morrow
Freeman’s time on the show comes in the final run of episodes featuring the show’s long-serving host Alex Trebek, who passed away from cancer last month.
Speaking to Michigan Live, Kate Freeman said: “I spent a lot of time learning about and reflecting on my gender identity in grad school, coming out as transgender and lesbian a few months before graduating.
“I’m proud to be out and I know representation is important.