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 Jessica Williams Signs Off The Daily Show, Watch Her 5 Best LGBT Segments

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Jessica Williams announced that Thursday would be her last appearance on The Daily Show, as she has signed a deal to create a new series with Comedy Central. 

According to the untitled show's official description, the show will be about "a politically-minded young woman who may be ‘woke’ but doesn’t know what she’s doing."

In other words, the new show will undoubtedly be amazing, but it doesn't mean we won't miss Williams' incisive and funny analysis on the satirical news show. Below are some of her best segments on LGBT issues. 

1. Hate Class Of 2015

As the Supereme Court's gay marriage decision loomed, and history looked like it was going our way, Williams took time to troll bigoted protesters whom she deemed the "Hate Class of 2015." 

2. The Trans Panic Epidemic

In light of the anti-trans North Carolina bathroom bills, and general widespread cisgender ignorance, Williams spoke to Meagan Taylor and other trans activists about their day-to-day struggles. "Compared to a black trans woman," she joked, "I might as well be a white dude at a Dave Matthews concert."

3. Hey, Guess Who's Still Returning Our Calls?

You might know ATLAH World Missionary Church Pastor James David Manning, who, in his first interview with The Daily Show, unflinchingly called President Barack Obama the new Hitler. When Williams came back to interview him a second time, years later, he not only doubled down on this criticism, but came up with an interesting theory on how Starbucks flavors its drinks. 

4. A Homophobic Church Falls On Hard Times

That's right, Manning actually agreed to a third interview a year later with The Daily Show, his second with Williams. This time, Manning lamented the forced foreclosure and sale of his church due to its million-dollar debt. To boot, the Ali Forney Center, which houses homeless LGBT youth, moved in to buy it. (The sale has been stalled as of April, but you can donate to the cause here.) 

5. Sexual Racism: When Preference Becomes Discrimination

And finally, while not explicitly about queer sexual racism, Williams and Ronnie Chieng interviewed Out Editor-At-Large Zach Stafford about how people claim to not date other races based on "preference." Watch the three explain why that's definitely not a thing. 

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