LGBT Activist Shane Bitney Crone To Share His Personal Story

The subject of the award-winning film ‘Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled,’ Crone was named one of Huffington Post’s Most Compelling People.

<em>Move poster for "Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled."</em> Move poster for "Bridegroom: A Love Story. Unequaled."LGBT activist, writer and filmmaker Shane Bitney Crone, the subject of the award-winning feature-length movie documentary “Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled,” will share his personal story at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College.

Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.

“Bridegroom,” produced in 2013, documents Crone’s six-year relationship with Tom Bridegroom and the difficulties Crone faced after his partner’s death in an accident. Crone was refused entry to the emergency room since they were not legally recognized as a couple, and he was forbidden to attend the funeral and denied other rights accorded married couples.

The film, inspired by the viral YouTube video “It Could Happen to You,” attracted national press coverage when its premiere screening at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival was introduced by former President Bill Clinton. It has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network, won GLAAD’s Best Documentary award and was named Best Documentary by The Gay and Lesbian Critics Association.

Crone continues to advocate for equal rights for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender citizens. He has spoken at more than 50 colleges and universities, given TEDx talks and delivered the keynote address at the PFLAG Conference in China.

He has been awarded the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award and was named one of Instinct Magazine’s Leading Men, one of Out Magazine’s Out 100 and one of Huffington Post’s Most Compelling People.

Story published on August 28, 2017