Saturday, November 2, 2013

Movie to Watch: Bridegroom

A little over a year ago, I was one of the millions of people to view Shane Bitney Crone’s YouTube video entitled “It Could Happen To You.” In it, he talked about the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, and his untimely death after he feel from a rooftop during a photo shoot. Sadly, the death is not the most tragic part of his story of love and loss. The ultimate tragedy is in Tom’s family robbing Shane of the opportunity to properly grieve in the moments and days following Tom’s death. Tom and Shane’s love story is now the focus of a documentary called Bridegroom. Their story transcends their relationship and serves as a statement in support of marriage equality.

We live in a country where we are allowed the freedom to worship as we please—to believe in whatever higher power we choose. Despite that, the laws of the nation often reflect the dogma of the majority. Ultimately, civil rights like the right to marry, the right to vote, the right to equal protection under the law shouldn’t be governed by religious beliefs. Those beliefs should govern who you pray to, how you govern your own life, how you keep hope for a new day. They do not give you the right to legislate someone else’s happiness—and more importantly someone else’s right to certain tax, estate, and parental rights.

I could stand on my soapbox about this issue all day but at the end of that day, there will be someone on another soap box calling me a sinner and condemning my LGBTQ family members and friends to hell. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, I will leave you to watch the video below and encourage you to watch Bridegroom on Netflix. It has been changing the way people (gay, straight, religious or otherwise) think about marriage equality. If you’re not there yet, my hope is that after watching you will be. 


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