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Macklemore, the unapologetically pro-gay rapper


First, Frank Ocean came out. Now Macklemore's song "Same Love" has gone viral. Is rap becoming LGBT-friendly?


“If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me. Have you read the YouTube comments lately? ‘Man, that’s gay’ gets dropped on the daily,” rapper Macklemore says on his stridently pro-gay “Same Love” that’s been blowing up in the music and LGBT blogosphere. The song and its video, which intersplices footage of 1960s civil rights demonstrations and the tender love story of two men from birth to awkward adolescence to marriage to old age, has almost 9 million views.




Gay USA, a weekly news-hour, offers comprehensive news and analysis by and about the LGBTQ community. The program features lively repartee between hosts Ann Northrop and Andy Humm, as well as interviews with special guests.

Gay USA airs several times a week on Free Speech TV.


Click the screen shot above or go to to view the current and past episodes of Gay USA. Free Speech TV is available on Dishnetwork, DirecTV and on line.


Gay USA is also available as a free Podcast on the iTunes store.


Free Speech TV


Launched in 1995, Free Speech TV is an independent, publicly-supported, non-profit TV multi-platform digital media pioneer. Using both television and the Internet, Free Speech TV inspires viewers to become civically engaged to build a more just, equitable, and sustainable society.


Free Speech TV is available to all Dish Network subscribers (channel 9415) and DirecTV subscribers with an HD package (channel 348).

About the BARA Web Site


The primary service provided by BARA at this time is this web site. We intend to maintain the BARA site for as long as you, the members of the local GLBT community, show an interest in the service we provide -- and for as long as you help us by supplying us with your events, news, opinions and other items that may be of interest to the Binghamton area's GLBT community.


The BARA Resources and Event's pages continue to be sources of information for the community. However these pages will only remain useful if you, the members of the Binghamton area GLBT community, send us updated information to be posted. We would like to thank you in advance for your submissions.


We are also interested in making this site a more active resource for community news and opinion. In these times, when you and I and all members of the GLBT community are under increasing attack from our enemies, we need an active voice in the community. We intend for the BARA web site to offer that voice.


To encourage your participation we have added the handy form below, where you can ask us questions and submit comments, news stories, opinions or suggestions. We will get back to you as soon as possible, and will make every effort to use the materials you submit in a timely manner.


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Welcome to BARA on the Web!

Welcome to the Binghamton Area Rainbow Association (BARA) web site and the BARA Discussion List. BARA, an affiliate of SYOL (Save Your Own Lives), serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community in Binghamton NY and surrounding areas.


Dig in, check out the site, and keep coming back. You will always see the latest changes at the top of this page, so you don't need to go through the entire site to find the latest news.


If you would like to help, please feel free to contact us. We would love to have more input from the community, and solicit your contributions for inclusion on this site. We are looking for the following items;


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This web site exists to serve our community. It can only be truly useful if it has your input! During your visit please feel free to offer any suggestions or suggest corrections. We intend for this to be the community's site, and always welcome community input.


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