News Round-Up: December 9, 2021

Some news stories you might have missed:

The Advocate: Out non-binary actor Amandla Stenberg (above) is set to lead the highly anticipated and mysterious new Disney+ series Star Wars: The Acolyte.

Gr8erDays: Steve Bronski, co-founder of the British synthpop trio Bronski Beat, died this week at 61. The group’s first hit, the autobiographical “Smalltown Boy,” follows the story of a rejected young gay teen who flees his hometown. The single hit #3 on the UK charts and is still considered a major in the ’80s and the gay community.

Washington Post: Medical specialists say somewhere between 750,000 and 1.3 million Americans are unable to return to full-time work due to long COVID.

TheaterMania: A trio of Broadway stars – Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), and Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along) – will appear in separate concert events on PBS this January on Stars on Stage From Westport Country Playhouse.

OUT: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett clapped back at trolls after opening up about sexual abuse he faced as a child.

“And we wonder why more people don’t come forward,” Bassett wrote in a post on his Instagram Story, calling out the troll. “Started when I was 5. You haven’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about and how damaging it is.”

Josh Bassett claps back at trolls after coming forward about sexual abuse he faced as a child.