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The trailer for “Bridegroom,” the highly-anticipated documentary from Linda Bloodworth Thomason

I am so looking forward to seeing this film and I’m quite certain I will need to bring some tissues.

It was last summer that the heart-wrenching video It Could Happen to You went viral on YouTube.

It has since been expanded into a feature film called Bridegroom and will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 23.

It tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and what happened after his partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, was killed in an accidental fall off of a building in their Los Feliz neighborhood.

Crone’s grief was compounded by the heartless actions of Tom’s homophobic family who threatened him with violence if he tried to attend the funeral and made no mention of him in the funeral program.

‘Nobody should have to endure what I did when I lost the love of my life,’ Shane said in a statement Thursday. ‘His family erased my existence from their memory of their son and I was powerless to do anything about it. I wanted to show the world that the love that Tom and I had for each other was love. Not gay love or separate but equal love, just love.’



The couple had been together for six years and owned a house together. But marriage is still not legal in California, the state where the couple lived.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, the creator of the classic sitcom Designing Women – one of my very favorites ever – had met the couple and after Tom’s death, agreed to make the documentary.

The $300,000 needed to make the film was quickly reached as it became the highest funded film in the history of Kickstarter.com.

The fundraising website, which has helped to finance more than 7,400 films, confirmed that Bridegroom has surpassed all previous fundraising efforts by netting $384,375 in four weeks.

The film focuses on how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized.

Said Shane: ‘This is my love story and though there is tragedy, I am seeking a happier ending. If we can open the hearts and minds of those opposed to marriage equality than some good has come from the pain and injustice I and millions of others have suffered.’

· “This is my love story and though there is tragedy, I am seeking a happier ending. If we can open the hearts and minds of those opposed to marriage equality than some good has come from the pain and injustice I and millions of others have suffered.”

He added: “My love story is tragic. When I lost Tom, my best friend and boyfriend of six years to a tragic accident, I had no legal standing to defend myself against his – I could not just move on as if Tom and I never were. Though I will never truly be over the loss of Tom, I felt the best way to ensure that Tom’s legacy and our love survives is to make sure other couples don’t have to face the same persecution as we did. I hope that our story, though tragic, will help others realize that love is love, regardless of race, religion and especially, sexuality. And I hope that one day soon, love and marriage, will be a gift to all, and not limited.”

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5 Remarks

  1. i think the parents was the worst parents ever and i think the love between them was so nice and true

  2. I’d heard of this story but had no idea that a film was in the works. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. A must see film for sure.

  3. I’ve been following this heartbreaking story for a while. Each time I end up in a place of deep anger and frustration. To treat people in this fashion is plain WRONG. This is one of many stories that keep proving as GLBT tax paying Americans we HAVE to be protected federally. And we shouldn’t stop until we are.

  4. I am the parent of a gay child. I can not imagine my life without him. We want nothing more for our son than to have a fulfilling life with a loving partner. For Tom’s parents to shut down their souls like that is inexcusable. Thank you for this film. Awareness is so important. I will be watching. With my son beside me.

  5. @ Nancy- I am glad for parents like you.

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