Monday, June 26, 2006

MEME Monday, Musicals Week, New Study on Sexual Orientation, UCSC Lesbian Chancellor Commits Suicide, New AIDS Drug, Your MEME

It's MEME Mondays again blogger friends, hope you all had a good weekend. I was perusing around my usual blogs and saw a couple pictures from San Francisco Pride and New York Pride, but it was a busy pride weekend and didnt see many others yet. If you have some kewl Pride photo's and want them displayed on the Gay Guru Blog or Website, send them HERE, and I will feature them for you, and credit where they came from. Be sure to tell me the city they are from. I am bummed I missed Columbus Pride, but will definitely be going next year, any Ohio friends that went, be sure and let me know how it was. Did you catch my first ever audio-cast on yesterdays post?? If not, you can scroll down to take a listen. I used the "audioblogger" feature on blogger hosting and decided to give it a test run on my way to full fledge podcasts starting next month. I know I sound like a big ol dork, but what can you do, lol.

The gay gene has been kicking in big time this month, first with all the Pride celebrations, and now I am succumbing to "Musical Week". I am off to Cleveland a couple times this week to catch a couple of shows at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. The touring show of "Wicked", is in town, and if you havent read the books yet or seen this musical, you just gotta go. "Wicked" is the prequel to Wizard of Oz, and the follow up book, "Son of a Witch", is the slightly warped sequal to Wizard of Oz, both are great books and available at or your local bookstore. Then this Friday, opens the gay musical, "Aint We Got Fun", the musical takes place around 1929, in a Chicago Prohibitions era Speakeasy, and focuses on two boys in love. It premiered at the "Fresh Fruit Festival", in NYC, and is now on a touring run, after great reviews. I am looking forward to both productions, and will give you recaps after I see them.

Todays MEME to put you in touch with a little more about The Gay Guru, is going to keep the posts theme so far, and I will call it "That's Entertainment".

Favorite Musical: RENT/Chorus Line (Both on DVD)

Favorite Movie: Running on Empty (You gotta see this, avail on DVD)

Favorite TV Show: LOST (Season one on DVD, season two soon)

Favorite Concert: Elton John/Billy Joel (Touring together, magical!)

Favorite Book: Kay Scarpetta Mysteries by Patricia Cornwell

Favorite Sports Night Out: Dodger Baseball Games (I miss California)

Favorite Live Comedian: Kathy Griffin/The Improv L.A. (You gotta see her Bravo specials too)

In the news, a new study suggests a male's sexual orientation is not the product of his environment but rather is influenced by biological factors present before birth. Researchers at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., have found evidence that ``a prenatal mechanism(s) . . . affect men's sexual orientation development.'' The study's author, Prof. Anthony F. Bogaert, explored the causes behind what is known as the fraternal birth order, research that shows a correlation between the number of biological older brothers a man has and his sexual orientation. Writing a commentary piece accompanying Bogaert's study, professors from Michigan State University noted that his research puts to lie the notion that one's social environment can affect sexuality.

In Website contributor Mikey's hometown, San Francisco police say they do not suspect foul play in Saturday's death of Denice Dee Denton, the chancellor of the University of California Santa Cruz. Denton plunged 44 floors from the roof of her partner's apartment building. The luxury building is the tallest rental apartment building in San Francisco, and is located across the street from the Museum of Modern Art. Police late Saturday said they believed Denton's death was a suicide. Her partner of eight year, Gretchen Kalonji a senior UC official, was not home at the time. Police said Kalonji was in Washington, D.C..

A new drug to treat HIV won federal approval Friday. The Food and Drug Administration said it approved Prezista for the treatment of the human immunodeficiency virus. The drug is the first approved HIV medication for its maker, Johnson & Johnson. It's also the first new HIV drug approved since June 22, 2005. The drug, also known as darunavir, is a member of the protease inhibitor class of drugs. They work by blocking protease, a protein the virus needs to make more copies of itself. Since 1995, FDA has approved 10 other protease inhibitors. The major side effects of this class of drugs are high cholesterol and blood-sugar levels, as well as lipodystrophy, or the redistribution of body fat. Protease inhibitors typically are taken as part of a cocktail of drugs. Prezista is meant for use in patients who don't respond to treatment with other antiretroviral drugs, the FDA said.

Well here's a fun lil MEME to leave for you to play with today blogger friends, enjoy your week........GG

You Are From Mercury

You are talkative, clever, and knowledgeable - and it shows.
You probably never leave home without your cell phone!
You're witty, expressive, and aware of everything going on around you.
You love learning, playing, and taking in all of what life has to offer.
Be careful not to talk your friends' ears off, and temper your need to know everything.


..:: YNAGER ' 65 ::..

OMG - WICKED is FANTASTIC, there is a two-year run happening in Chicago and I have seen it twice already and I am ready for more!!!

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