Bridegroom

Tonight, I got to see the fabulous film Bridegroom. Based on the experiences of Shane Bitney Crone, this documentary brilliantly tells the story of Shane and his boyfriend, Tom. It reveals the adversity they both faced and how they came to love and change one another for the better.

When Tom gets into an accident, Shane is unable to say goodbye to him. I found myself crying for this amazing couple, who were unjustly separated in their last moments together. I have heard this story before.  I met a man last summer who experienced the same thing. Horrifyingly, it isn’t unique. And this is why it’s important.

When I heard Shane state during the panel after the film that he doesn’t consider himself an activist, I was struck. Because to me, there is nothing more active than standing for your rights and the rights of the one you love.

Shane Bitney Crone speaks with Bishop Gene Robinson, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Maya Rupert of the National Council for Lesbian Rights.
Shane Bitney Crone speaks with Bishop Gene Robinson, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and Maya Rupert of the National Council for Lesbian Rights.

Shane is one of the most honest and candid speakers I’ve ever seen. Through his words and experiences I am more motivated than ever to create change. This film has helped cement something for me personally, though. I need to work on the state level. I need to stay to help those who live in Kansas to grow to love it as much as I do, despite those who work against truth, equality and love.

Bridegroom is not available in theaters until November, but the YouTube video that inspired the film can be seen here. If you think this is something you’ve seen before, or you think that you’re not interested, you’ve got another think coming. This film builds a narrative that works to spark conversations among all areas of belief.

I’m sorry for the uncharacteristic rambling and frequent use of the word “love,” but I’ve just been holding in tears for a few hours and they’ve gotta come out sometime.

Thanks to the Center for American Progress, my wonderful employer and the sponsors of this screening!

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