STUDY: It Really Does Get Better

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We’ve been saying it for years, and we always believed it, but now there’s actual scientific evidence that proves it really does get better.

A multi-year study of LGBTQ youth out of Northwestern University’s IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program found that, while bullying is linked to psychological distress, “both distress and victimization decreased as the adolescents grew up.” More on the study from HuffPo’s Gay Voices:

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Will Smith’s Concussion Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date

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Today, Sony Pictures announced the release date for Will Smith’s Concussion: December 25, 2015. Deadline sums up the film:

Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. CTE was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.

Concussion will go up against a handful of other films set for a Christmas Day release, which, according to Movie Insider are Dirty Grandpa (starring Zac Efron, Robert De Niro and Wilmington’s Aubrey Plaza), Monster Trucks (Rob Lowe), The Revenant (Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio) and David O. Russell’s Joy (Jennifer Lawrence and maybe even Smith’s fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper).

Queens From New Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Coming to Philly for a Sneak Peek at Season 7

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By now you’ve probably heard that Logo has finally told us when they’re going to air season seven of RuPaul’s Drag Race: March 2nd at 9 p.m.!

There are also some exciting new details emerging, like the fact that Queer Eye For the Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley and Chelsea Lately‘s Ross Matthews will join Michelle and Ru on the judges’ panel. And the lineup of celebrity guest judges is pretty rad: Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, John Waters, Kathy Griffin, Olivia Newton-John, Alyssa Milano, Kat Dennings, Jordin Sparks, Mel B, Tamar Braxton, Rebecca Romijn, Santino Rice, Isaac Mizrahi, Michael Urie, Rachael Harris, Lucian Piane and Merle Ginsberg. Whew!

To build hype, the new cast of season 7 will be coming to Philadelphia to host an evening of performance and an advance screening of the first episode. They’re be at the Trocadero on Tuesday, February 24th—exactly a week before the  March 3 debut.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art to Be Only U.S. Stop for Major Impressionist Exhibit

Dance at Bougival, 1883 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Dance at Bougival, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Big news in the Philly art scene this week: The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) just announced that it will be the only U.S. city to house an upcoming international exhibition that includes works from Impressionist greats, like Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir, among others.

“Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” highlights the impact of Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel, who championed the works of the aforementioned Impressionist painters, giving rise to the medium we know and love today. A description from the Art Museum:

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Tabu’s Last Laugh Wins “Worst Comedy Competition” Award at the WitIns

Every year, a group of rebellious local comedians get together to produce an anti-awards show called the WitIns Awards. It’s a chance for them to make fun of the local comedy scene, giving out awards for “Worst Comedian,” and the like. It’s not meant to be mean. Think of it as the Razzies; a funny way to point out some less-than-LOL-worthy moments in comedy throughout the year.

The latest installment happened this Sunday, and last summer’s comedy competition at Tabu, “Last Laugh,” took home the award for “Worst Comedy Competition.”

Comedian and Last Laugh contestant Rachel Fogletto accepted the award, which was a garbage-filled plastic bag with a penis drawn on it. In her acceptance speech, she pretty much zeroed in on the problem with the competition: “I made it through to like week 10, and we all lost to some lady from Atlantic City who missed like eight weeks of the competition, so fuck the Last Laugh.” 

Ouch-worthy, yes, but it’s all in good fun, people. I went to a few performances last year, and actually had a nice time—especially watching local legend Needles Jones crack a few zingers about AIDS.

But this isn’t the first criticism I’ve heard of Last Laugh. Even creator Josh Schonewolf agrees. When I asked him if he’d bring it back, he said “Hell no. … That was a bonafide flop.”

See, everyone agrees!

Check out a video of Fogletto’s acceptance speech above. I have it set to start at the right time.

WATCH: Downingtown’s Miles Teller in New Fantastic Four Trailer

Downingtown's Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

Downingtown’s Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

The Internet lost its mind today when 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Fantastic Four. The film is described as “a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. It centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

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18 Movies and TV Shows to Stream On Your Snow Day

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Snowstorm duds are the best kind of duds: Many of us still get a snow day from work and we don’t have to worry about shoveling our sidewalks. What you can do, however, is stay in your PJs all day and watch movies. To help you take advantage of your day off, I asked Philly Mag staffers to share their favorite snow-day movies and TV shows that you can watch for free on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Here’s what I got:

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Pope Francis Holds Private Audience With Transgender Man

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This weekend at the Vatican, Pope Francis met with a Spanish transgender man, Diego Neria Lejárraga, after he wrote a letter to the Pope complaining that his church discriminated against him following his gender-reassignment surgery. The Washington Blade says Lejárraga complained about the rejection he felt from his fellow congregants, who even went so far as to abuse him with verbal attacks, calling him names like “the devil’s daughter.”

“After hearing him on many occasions, I felt that he would listen to me,” Neria told a newspaper publisher in Spain.

Human rights groups are applauding the Pope’s move, calling it a historic, forward-thinking move for the papacy. Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of LGBT Catholics group Dignity USA told the Blade that the meeting is a “very significant event.”

“For the Pope to meet with a transgender man about to be married, and for that meeting to result in this man feeling more hopeful about his place in the Church, shows a concern for those at the very margins of our church,” she said. “I hope the Pope listened carefully to this man’s experience, and will speak about what he heard.”

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