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Today: Kate Freeman Makes History as the 1st Transgender Contestant to Win 'Jeopardy!'

Laura Beatham
Dec 17, 2020
03:00 P.M.

Kate Freeman makes history by being the 1st out transgender contestant to win "Jeopardy", she wore a transgender flag pin during the episode she won.

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Kate Freeman is believed to have made history as being the 1st openly out transgender contestant to win "Jeopardy" and wore a transgender flag pin during her win.

Freeman from Lake Orion in Michigan, and works as a financial specialist. She revealed that she was aware that her appearance on the show was important so opted to wear the pink, white, and blue flag.

The contestant filmed for the show when Alex Trebek was still alive and was thrilled that he was the host for her historic win. She revealed it had been a to compete on the show.

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She expressed that she is proud "to be out" and had spent a lot of time thinking about her gender identity during grad school before coming as transgender and a lesbian, she said that,

“I’m proud to be out and I know representation is important.”

Kate Freeman made history being the first openly transgender person to win "Jeopardy"| Photo: Twitter/Jeopardy

Kate Freeman made history being the first openly transgender person to win "Jeopardy"| Photo: Twitter/Jeopardy

Peter Fox, a writer, posted on Twitter that he assumed she was the first openly transgender person to win an episode on the show. Jennifer Morrow, a two-time champ of the show shared some interesting info on the matter.

She shared that there had been another transgender person on the show, but had come out only after the show. The person was a multi-game winner in the 1990s and had played under a different name and pronouns.

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Trebek was the host of "Jeopardy" hosted the show for 36 years and has definitely left big shoes to fill.

Freeman's winning episode had been hosted by the late Alex Trebek, who passed away on November 8th. He passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

Freeman shared that the experience had been thrilling and nerve-wracking, especially trying to hit the answer button in time, she shared she was grateful to have been able to meet Trebek,

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“I was honored to be able to meet Alex before his passing.”

His wife Jean Trebek was able to keep his ashes after his cremation, she shared a message to all the "Jeopardy" fans thanking them for their support, compassionate messages, and generosity.

Trebek was the host of "Jeopardy" hosted the show for 36 years and has definitely left big shoes to fill. The question is who will be the next host of the show, Today spoke to game show experts who theorized, Ken Jennings or Tom Bergeron would be suitable.

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Another contestant made a groundbreaking appearance on "Jeopardy" for wearing a bisexuality pride flag on the show, a few days before Freeman's win.

Cody Lawrence is received much praise for shining light on the bisexual community by wearing a pride flag pin on the show. He is a 28-year-old editor from Sherman Oaks, California.

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