""Shane, a shy young man from Montana, changed hearts and minds regarding the issue of marriage equality when he shared his very personal story. He did so first in a YouTube video that went viral, then as demand grew, a film, Bridegroom." Nominator Bel Baca
2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee
Shane Bitney Crone
- Created a 10-minute YouTube video, It Could Happen to You, to shed light on marriage equality by telling his own story of his mistreatment due to intolerance and ignorance which included not being allowed to attend his life partner's funeral by his partner's parents.
- Video went viral, garnering over four million views, and was translated into over a dozen languages. GLAAD named it one of the "Most Inspiring Videos that Helped Push Equality Forward" in 2012.
- Produced, with Linda Bloodworth Thomason, a full-length documentary, Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled, which was released in Fall 2013. Film explores his and his partner's, Tom Bridegroom, life together, the fallout from Tom's untimely death, and the broader ramifications of marriage bans.
- Bridegroom nominated for GLAAD award for best documentary and has received dozens of audience awards at film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival and Los Angeles' Outfest Film Festival.
- Has lobbied for marriage equality alongside organizations such as GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign and spearheaded fundraisers for Love is Louder and The Trevor project. Speaker at fundraisers for GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign. Currently traveling the country speaking at universities to spread his message of love and hope.
- in 2012 named Winner of the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award for activism and named one of Instinct Magazine's Leading Men, as well as being listed by The Huffington Post as one of the "Most Compelling LGBT People of 2012." Named an Outfest 2013 Hero.