It's tough out there for a nerd.
An early supporter of gay rights, Barry may best be remembered for successfully re-entering public service after serving jail time for drug possession.
The MSNBC host had a book to recommend to her viewers this week.
New York's former City Council speaker Christine Quinn is using her experience as a lesbian and a woman in politics by leading a new party.
After a disappointing defeat, the New York politician is back with a new cause to fight for: She wants you to vote for the Women's Equality Party