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Shane Bitney Crone
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Born Dec. 19, 1985, in Kalispell, Mont., Shane Bitney Crone grew up with the nickname “Motor Mouth.” Now that name seems even more appropriate in light of his recent YouTube video, "It Could Happen to You," which went viral with over 3 million views. Shane’s film portrays the many injustices he experienced after losing his partner and the great love of his life, Tom Bridegroom. This gut-wrenching video has now inspired millions of people worldwide to join Shane’s pursuit of marriage equality.

From a young age Shane has used his considerable voice on behalf of good causes, inspiring others through his talent and actions. In Montana he also regularly performed at the Missoula Children’s Theater International Performing Arts Camp. During high school he was active in the community and was awarded Student of the Year for his leadership.

Shane worked part time to earn money so that he could pursue his dream of moving to Los Angeles after graduation. Armed with this money and with all his worldly belongings in the trunk of his car, Shane headed to California without a job, but with an abundance of ambition and willingness to work hard.

He soon landed a position on Entertainment Tonight as a production assistant and was subsequently promoted to talent coordinator.

In 2005 Shane met his partner, Tom Bridegroom. Dedicated to each other and their mutual success, Shane and Tom started a social media/public relations company, Bridegroom and Bitney, in 2008. Targeting up-and-coming artists in the music industry, they assisted clients in obtaining record deals, performing at national league sporting events and garnering international exposure (via Tom's and Shane’s expertise with social media).

In 2011 the devastating accident that took Tom’s life turned Shane’s world upside down. As a form of therapy, he created his now-viral video in order to honor and mourn Tom. Shane felt this video was the only means he had to help other couples and spread awareness. As a result, he has found a new calling and is slowly regaining the voice he was born with. Shane has now vowed to devote himself to the cause of marriage equality and is making a documentary film about his life with Tom and what happened in the aftermath of Tom’s death, entitled Bridegroom.

Entries by Shane Bitney Crone

Spirit Day: Let Love Define You

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:24 PM


Almost ten years ago, I sat with my father's shotgun in my lap, desperate to find a reason to live. I hated myself. I was convinced that I was undeserving of love and doomed to Hell, because the Bible, the media, my community,...

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Three Years Gone but Never Forgotten: A Tribute to a Lost Love, and a Pledge for Equality

(38) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 9:36 AM

It was a Saturday like any other.

Usually he woke up first, but that morning I woke up before him. I woke up next to him, the love of my life, just as I had almost every other morning throughout the six years we had been together.

We started our...

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A Look Back at a Monumental Year for Equality and Hope for an Even Better Tomorrow

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:24 AM

This past year has been one of the most remarkable years of my life. I produced a documentary, called Bridegroom, about the events that occurred after the death of my partner. Bridegroom was screened all over the country at various film festivals, made its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey...

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Hope Will Never Be Silent

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:15 PM

"Hope will never be silent." These relevant and inspiring words come from one of our nation's most prominent LGBT civil rights leaders. Harvey Milk believed in a country, a world, that would honor the God-given rights of all individuals, gay or straight. And today, our hope rang out louder than...

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Pride Parades: More Than Just a Party

(20) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 2:17 PM

For years I have heard people express their dissatisfaction with the LGBT community's propensity for over-the-top parades and flamboyant displays of pride. Admittedly, I too used to be uncomfortable with Pride parades, and even just Pride in general. My own impressions of these events came from stereotypical images shown throughout...

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Two Years Gone, But Never Forgotten

(112) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:34 AM


"Shane, we get it. Your boyfriend died. Stop living in the past!"

"People are starving in the world, people are dying of cancer every hour, and yet you go around blabbing your mouth and telling your sob story, over, and over, and...

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Tap, Tap, Tap: A Secret Love No Longer

(42) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 3:40 PM

As a young gay man, growing up in a small, conservative town in Montana wasn't easy. I knew I was different from my peers well before I understood what the word "gay" even meant. As a closeted teen, I experienced a significant amount of bullying everywhere I went: in the...

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No Freedom Until We Are Equal

(20) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 11:28 AM

The United States of America prides itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave, yet many American minorities are too afraid to be brave and too discriminated against to...

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Spirit Day: Wear Purple and Make a Difference in Someone's Life

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 11:49 AM

I grew up in a very small town in Montana, where very few openly gay people reside. It was immensely difficult learning to accept and love myself in that challenging environment, a place in which diversity was often belittled and begrudged.

I spent most of my childhood days feeling...

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An American Love Story

(284) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Just over a year ago, my partner, Tom Bridegroom, accidentally fell off a roof while taking photographs of our best friend. He died a few hours later. He was just 29 years old.

We had been together for nearly six years when that happened and were absolutely committed to being...

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