Thursday, October 19, 2017

Transgender Activist Fran Fried Competes on Jeopardy!

From the Bridgeport Daily Voice:
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The fourth time’s a charm for former WPKN-FM radio host Fran Fried, who had a quartet of auditions over 13 years before she finally snagged a spot as a contestant on TV’s “Jeopardy!”
“It’s all been like an out-of-body experience,” said the Prospect [Conn.] resident who spent 13 years as a host of WPKN’s “The Sleep Deprivation Experiment” and “Franorama.”
While the cast and crew knew Fried was transgender, she was happy to see it was never mentioned on or off the air. When Trebek asked her an introductory question, it was about “The High School That Rocked,” a documentary about Westport’s Staples High School that she recently narrated, not her gender identity.
“Either people know and don’t care or they don’t know,” she said. “I’m just out and about in the everyday world.
Fran was only the third transgender contestant in the show's history. Though Fran did not win the show that aired Tuesday, October 17, 2017, she tied for second when both her and another contestant bet all their money and got the Final Jeopardy question wrong.  The winner, who also got that question wrong, won with only $1.

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