The New York Times is reporting today that Oprah Winfrey's Own channel will air the documentary "Bridegroom," the true story of a man who was barred from attending his partner's funeral because the family didn't approve of their gay relationship.
"Bridegroom" begins with the statement: "His name was Tom, and he was my life."
The moving documentary tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, a gay couple, who was hopelessly in love with one another, by all accounts. People who knew the couple say that they were always smiling and always seemed happy. It was a real relationship that most likely would have lasted for a very long time.
The relationship ended tragically in 2011. That's when Tom Bridegroom was killed after falling from a rooftop. Shane and Tom never had the chance to makeup and Tom's family barred Shane from attending the funeral. Shane Crone documented his grief and dedicated a video to the love of his life in the Youtube video "It Could Happen to You."
The documentary will expose the raw emotions of those who loved Tom. It will also show how a gay partner is often shut out by the deceased person's family and by hospital staff.
The Hollywood reporter states: "This deeply moving documentary has the power to change hearts and minds."
"Bridegroom" will air on OWN on Sunday, October 27, according to Realscreen.com.
This documentary is similar to a movie that was based on a true story entitled "What Makes A Family." (read it at The Movies Based On True Stories Archive)