At LAist.com, you can read my latest article, “How A Lover’s Untimely Death Created An LGBT Activist In Documentary ‘Bridegroom.'” Check out the article below:
“I wanted to show people what happens when you don’t get access to the same rights,” Shane Bitney Crone told LAist.
“It Could Happen To You” was Crone’s moving YouTube video tribute to his late partner, Tom Bridegroom. It went viral spreading a resonating message about marriage equality, and has amassed over 4.2 million views since it dropped in May 2012. It’s since been expanded into a documentary, Bridegroom, and premiered in Los Angeles on Oct. 18. It’s also airing on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Oct. 27.
Bridegroom accidentally fell over a Los Angeles rooftop and plummeted to his death in 2011, a bitter end to his happy six-year relationship with Crone. They had traveled the world together, started a business, and would have been married had gay marriage rights been in effect at that point. Crone struggled to visit Bridegroom in the hospital since he wasn’t legally considered family, and was eventually shut out of the funeral by Bridegroom’s parents, who did not accept their son’s homosexuality.
Crone’s YouTube video documented their life together and the devastating effects the aftermath of the death had over him. Director Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (of Designing Women fame) wanted to spread Crone’s message in the documentary with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $384,000.
“Most of my life I was ashamed of being gay and I never really stood up for myself, and making a YouTube video and posting it was a huge step for me,” Crone said.
Continue reading at LAist.com…