When the true-life tale of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom starting make its way around LGBT blogosphere, many of us were so pained, so angry, so troubled by its sordid details, we could not resist sharing it with others (Tent of Abraham – May 7, 2013) in the hope it would enlighten some people to how homophobia LGBT discrimination can violate the human spirit and the love of God in this world.
Thanks to the efforts of many people who agreed that this story needed to be told, the docu-drama Bridegroom was made. Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom were life partners who were passionately in love with one another. Had it been legal at the time, they two Californians would no doubt have married. Bridegroom died tragically when he slipped off a roof on while making film. In the days and weeks following his life-partner’s death, Crone is legally and emotionally denied to most basic civil rights normally afforded to every legally married spouse in the civilized world.
According to the online publication Queerty,
When the former president (Bill Clinton) introduced a screening of the film at the Tribeca film festival in April he remarked, “This is really on one level a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life affirming story and on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.”
I’m proud to say that when the call when out seeking financial support to make Bridegroom, we didn’t hesitate to make a modest contribution to the effort. Bridegroom will premiere on Sunday evening, October 27 at 10 PM (OWN network).
Please take a moment to view the trailer below.