We may not have elected a woman into the Oval Office last November, but that didn’t stop 24 producers from creating President Allison Taylor, played by Cherry Jones. A critically acclaimed theater and film actress and out lesbian, Jones is also a longtime advocate for gay rights. She celebrated her second Tony win, for the play Doubt, with an on-camera kiss with her partner, actress Sarah Paulson. Jones told Newsweek this past January that “If a gay candidate with the charisma and the ability to communicate pops up on the scene at a time when we need them,” the candidate will “absolutely” have a chance to win. -CM
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