Bridegroom, which traces the
love story of a gay couple, premieres Sunday on Netflix and cabler
Bridegroom documents the lives
of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, who met in 2005 and vowed
to marry one day, if it became legal.
While Shane's family completely
accepted the couple, Tom's family refused to accept that he was gay.
Two years ago, Tom died in a tragic
accident and Shane was threatened and banned from the funeral by
The film is directed by Linda
Bloodworth Thomason, the creator of the CBS sitcom Designing
Women, and was introduced at the Tribeca Film Festival in New
York City, where it won the Heineken Audience Award, by former
president Bill Clinton.
In speaking with gay glossy The
Advocate, Crone said that he was outside the Supreme Court on
the day it handed down two groundbreaking rulings related to gay
“I wanted to be there, and that was
an incredible day – the energy around there, and the hundreds and
hundreds of people. It was bittersweet in a lot of ways, but overall
I was just happy,” he said.
He added that he was honored to have
Oprah Winfrey's support.
“So much that has happened is so
unimaginable, but to have her support, it's huge. Just for her to
believe in the film is an honor, but I'm just so grateful because
[airing on OWN is] really going to help us reach a lot of people that
we wouldn't have been able to reach.” (The film's trailer is
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