The story of a gay couple's love cut short by tragedy will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

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.

“My love story is tragic,” Shane said in a statement. “When I lost Tom, my best friend and boyfriend of six years to a tragic accident, I had no legal standing to defend myself against his – I could not just move on as if Tom and I never were. Though I will never truly be over the loss of Tom, I felt the best way to ensure that Tom's legacy and our love survives is to make sure other couples don't have to face the same persecution as we did. I hope that our story, though tragic, will help others realize that love is love, regardless of race, religion and especially, sexuality. And I hope that one day soon, love and marriage, will be a gift to all, and not limited.”

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Bridegroom premieres at Tribeca on Tuesday, April 23.