The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Rev. Butts is senior pastor of the nationally renowned Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, N.Y., and president of the State University of New York College at Old Westbur.

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS was established to provide policy recommendations on the U.S. Government's response to the AIDS epidemic. Council members advise U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS. C. Virginia Fields, President and CEO of NBLCA, applauded the appointment.

Gay Indians can browse for their own Valentine's Day cards for the first time, with the country's largest card chain rolling out a small selection this year after a historic court ruling.

The Archies card company said Monday it had decided to bring out the speciality cards after the High Court last year decriminalised homosexuality.

"We have been toying with this idea for a while and then came the court judgement in which it was clearly said that it's legal to be gay," Archies company spokesman Yohan Arya told AFP.

Several religious groups are objecting to plans for Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups to march in this year's Lunar New Year parade in Little Saigon in Orange County.

Several gay groups from San Jose and Los Angeles have registered to participate in the parade in Little Saigon, home to the nation's largest Vietnamese immigrant community.

Three-quarters of Americans say that they support openly gay people serving in the U.S. military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a finding that could lend momentum to the Obama administration's effort to dismantle the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."

The level of public support for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly far outpaces that in the spring of 1993, when Congress and the Clinton administration established the policy.

Brilliant and controversial British fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home Thursday after anguished Internet postings that revealed his deep sorrow at the death of his mother. He was 40 years old.

The circumstances pointed to a possible suicide but there was no official confirmation from police or McQueen's publicists. Police said the death was not suspicious, apparently ruling out foul play, and did not give any immediate indication of how the death was discovered.

The Sun tabloid on Thursday cited an anonymous source on its Web site who said an ambulance was called at 10 a.m. and workers found McQueen hanging in his apartment. The newspaper gave no further details.

That gays cannot marry in most of the world isn't just unfair — it's ripe for satire. Which explains this pair of stunts being pulled: An American who's going to marry a stranger to highlight how heterosexual marriage is not an institution of anything, and a straight Austrian couple that's battling to be able to enter a civil union that's reserved for gays only there, because the gays don't get the M-word. Bring on the funnies!

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