On October 27, the Oprah Winfrey Network is airing Bridegroom, the much-buzzed-about doc following the story of a loving gay relationship that ended in tragedy. Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom’s happiness was cut short when Tom died in an accident, but Shane’s grief was compounded when Tom’s family rejected him and barred him from the hospital and funeral.
On the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen to You.” The video went viral and has garnered over four million views.
Although it was a cathartic process for Shane and a tribute to the love of his life, more than anything, he wanted it to serve as a warning to other LGBT couples, and to show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and protections that are granted to others under marriage laws.
TV veteran Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Designing Women) directs the film, which has earned numerous accolades at film festivals nationwide.
“On one level [Bridegroom's] a wonderful, sad, heartbreaking yet exhilarating and life-affirming story,” President Bill Clinton remarked at the documentary’s Tribeca Film Festival screening. “And on another level it’s a story about our nation’s struggle to make one more step in forming a more perfect union, for which marriage is both the symbol and substance.”
Bridegroom is being paired with Oprah’s Next Chapter: Gay in Hollywood, a look at out stars like Wanda Sykes and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, airing at 9pm.
Bridegroom airs Sunday, October 27 at 10pm on OWN