March 5, 2014 | by Steve Charing
PFLAG to present ‘Bridegroom’
Bridegroom, gay news, Washington Blade

Shane and Tom, the central figures in the film ‘Bridegroom,’ which will be screened on March 11. (Still courtesy Mozark Productions)

The Howard County chapter of PFLAG will present the documentary film “Bridegroom” on March 11. The film, produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, tells the true story of two young small-town men, Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, who fall deeply in love and remained together for six years until Tom’s fatal accident at the age of 29 in 2011.

Using interviews and footage from Shane’s video diary, “Bridegroom” describes the intense love between the two men and the reactions from family members as their relationship blossoms. Tom’s parents were not accepting.

Following the accident, the hospital staff initially would not permit Shane to visit him as he was not “family” under hospital rules. After he died, Tom’s parents cut Shane off from making funeral arrangements and being a part of the services. His life and relationship with Tom was completely eradicated as if it never occurred. Of course, if marriage equality had been legal (they were living in Prop 8 California at the time), the couple would have been married according to their stated plans, and Shane would have had the right to make the funeral arrangements.

The meeting, which is free, confidential and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. For more information, visit pflagmd.org.

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