Gay USA is a weekly one-hour news program "...devoted to in-depth coverage of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues"[1] on a local, state, national and international level. It is filmed in the studios of, and aired by, Manhattan Neighborhood Network in Manhattan, New York.[2] It airs on Manhattan public access television and Free Speech TV, and is currently available via the Internet as Podcasts.[3]

Current formatEdit

Typically, Gay USA begins with a quick introduction by hosts Andy Humm and Ann Northrop then moves into news segments as viewed from the gay perspective. Regular segments include gay news, AIDS news, and entertainment news. The anchors refer to notes kept in front of them on the table during this portion of the show. Hosts Humm and Northrop often interject their news delivery with accounts of personal experiences and "...light, snappy repartee and good-natured verbal sparring and banter."[2] Following the news topics of the week, guests are interviewed and/or videos clips are presented for the second half of the show.


File:Gay USA production by David Shankbone.jpg
Gay USA was preceded by Pride and Progress which first aired in 1985 on the Gay Cable Network (GCN).[4] Independently produced and supported by GCN owner Lou Maletta, Pride and Progress was hosted by journalist/activist Andy Humm. The program covered LGBT topics, including the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from a gay perspective.[2][4]

In 1996, journalist/activist Ann Northrop began co-hosting Gay USA with Humm.

Since September 2001, the show has aired on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. In 2003, Gay USA became nationally available through Free Speech TV. Podcasts of the show became available in 2006.

Interviews and guestsEdit

Gay USA includes interviews of individuals regarding relevant projects, organizations or entertainment. Guests have ranged from an out-gay, and thus unemployed, priest to a gay male couple with adopted children to political figures and entertainers. Some of the program's notable guests have included:

Organizations involved in LGBT rights and information dissemination have also been represented on the show by various guests. These include:

Gay USA TeamEdit

Frequently, the folks who work on and/or for Gay USA refer to themselves as the "Gay USA Team." In alphabetical order, the team currently consists of:

  • Bill Bahlman - Associate Producer
  • Sam Feder - Technical Director (employed by MNN)
  • Andy Humm - Host, journalist/activist
  • Ann Northrop - Host, journalist/activist
  • Rich Speziale - Studio Director (employed by MNN)[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. Free Speech TV program description
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 GayToday. Manhattan's Gay TV News Airs on the Web: Thursdays, 11PM Accessed 20 March 2007.
  3. Podcasts of Gay USA
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andy Humm Bio
  5. Ferber, Lawrence.Working Girl, Out in Cincinnati. Published 3 April 2006. Accessed 26 February 2007.
  6. Recent Guest Photos. Gay USA Website. Accessed 31 March 2007.
  7. Pictures of Recent Guests Gay USA Website. Accessed 31 March 2007.
  8. Gay USA - The Weekly GLBT News Show

External linksEdit

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