‘Danger!’ Champion Amy Schneider Marks Transgender Day of Visibility with White House Visit

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Amy Schneider is using her platform for good.

In honor of Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday, Danger! champion, 42, made a trip to Washington, DC, to visit the White House.

While there, Schneider met second Mr. Doug Emhoff and spoke out against the recent wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation currently being considered in the US.

More than 25 different legislative proposals have been introduced this year by Republican-led state governments banning transgender children from receiving gender-affirming health care. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia have also introduced bans on transgender athletes.

“They’re really scary,” Schneider said of the proposed laws during a short interview with reporters† “Especially some of them refuse medical services to trans youth. Those are life-saving medical treatments. These bills can cause the death of children, and that’s really sad for me, and it’s really scary.”

Schneider also said she was “really honored to be here and very grateful that this was being celebrated, that the trans people are being celebrated in a place like this,” and later gave trans youth an encouraging message.

“Hold on,” she said. “I think this reaction is temporary at the moment. I think the country in general is on our side, and it’s getting more and more every day, and I think it won’t be too long before these kinds of bills become something of the Past.”

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Prior to Schneider’s visit, Danger! champ documented her excitement and her preparation for the big event on social media.

“I know I haven’t been posting much here, but I’ve been traveling all over the country for the past few weeks,” she tweeted next to two selfies† “For example, this morning we are getting ready to visit, well… THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!! It’s hard to believe this is actually happening.”

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She also shared the video where she spoke to reporters, which she subtitled“So, uh, this happened. They *didn’t* tell me I’d get questions, but they put me on stage and I just can’t help but perform lol.”

Schneider’s meeting at the White House comes a few months after she became the most successful female contender in history Danger! and the first woman to make more than $1 million in revenue. She is also the first transgender contestant to enter Danger!‘s Tournament of Champions.

In January, she told PEOPLE that it was “really amazing” to represent the trans community on the show.

“I had feelings, a little bit, of almost guilt about how easy it was for me in general, the path to being a trans woman. It’s easy because of the work and the sacrifice so many people have made for me,” she explained. “There was a bit of a guilt trip because I was reaping the benefits without feeling like I was giving much back.”

“To make an impact now and give something back without trying, by just doing something that I set out to do anyway, is really great,” she added.

She also revealed in a recent interview with PEOPLE for the Women Changing the World 2022 issue that messages from the LGBTQ+ community poured in almost immediately after the airing of her first episode.

“Someone said that their grandfather used the correct pronouns for a trans person for the first time,” she recalls. “That made me realize that I was making people’s lives better.”



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Schneider’s visit was just one of many ways the White House marked Transgender Day of Visibility on Thursday.

President Joe Biden also commemorated the day with a video message to transgender Americans, saying, “Our entire government sees you for who you are: made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect and support.”

“Visibility matters, and so many transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming Americans thrive,” Biden, 79, noticedbefore addressing the “attack of anti-transgender state laws,” which he called “just wrong.”

“We must honor their lives with action by promoting equality and civil rights for all transgender people,” he said. “To any transgender American who is struggling, know that you are not alone. Ask both parents and children for help. And know this: You are so brave. You belong. And we are behind you.”

In addition, the White House hosted transgender youth and their parents on Thursday, while Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona met transgender students in Orlando, Florida, according to The hill

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