Jeopardy! is at it again with introducing America to yet another LGBTQ genius.
Get to know queer Jeopardy! contestant Mattea Roach in a conversation with GLAAD’s Head of Talent Anthony Allen Ramos on her latest winning streak on the beloved game show.
Roach talks about following in Amy Schneider’s footsteps who famously won 40 consecutive games on “Jeopardy” earlier this year. She also talks about how inspiring it was for her to see Schneider, a fellow LGBTQ contestant, do so well on the series and she reflects on the possibility of competing alongside her in the upcoming Jeopardy Tournament of Champions. “Even if I get the pants beaten off me, I don’t care!” jokes Roach.
On her earnings, Roach says it will “set me up to be much more financially secure through my twenties. … Before that felt like something that was just an imaginable dream, I didn’t think I was ever going to get there.” Roach also talks about how her winning streak is an important moment for queer visibility, “It has been such an honor and a pelasure to be part of what has been an incredible legacy of queer and trans champions.”
Roach, who is still competing, has won over a dozen Jeopardy! games. Watch her full interview, where she also talks about what celebrity she would love to meet, and queer content that inspired her growing up, below:
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