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'Bridegroom' Sends A Message On The Battle For Marriage Equality

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October 26, 2013 AT 2:42 PM
Shane Bitney Crone, the subject and producer of the documentary "Bridegroom" premiering on OWN, became an accidental activist for LGBT when the unthinkable happened: He lost the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, in a tragic accident. "I received a phone call from one of Tom's relatives and she wanted to let me know that I was not welcome to attend his funeral -- because if I do show up, his uncle and his father had planned an attack," Crone says in the film. "People don't see the negative effects that this has on youth -- even people in their 60s and 70s that still have not come out because there's just so much shame."