Today marks the two year anniversary of Tom Bridegroom's death. Last year, Shane Bitney Crone, Tom's boyfriend, released a powerful video sharing his grief with the world but also making a plea for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples who are prevented from getting married. The video received over 3.5 million views and was turned into a documentary. Today, Shane wrote a letter to Tom, voicing his love for him and telling him about the incredible year he's had, sharing their story and speaking out for equality.
Last week marked the festival premiere of Bridegroom, the long-awaited documentary recounting the love story of Shane Bitney Crone and his partner Tom Bridegroom. Former President Bill Clinton introduced the film at the premiere and, this past weekend, the documentary ended its Tribeca run by receiving the Heineken Audience Award.
Fundraising will always be a challenge for independent creators, but crowd sourced funding websites give projects that might have been overlooked in traditional channel a renewed chance for success, and have been particularly useful for many LGBT creators hoping to share their stories through independent media. Here is a list of 15 LGBT-inclusive fan-funded success stories from 2012.
BRIDEGROOM, the documentary about tragedy befalling a gay couple and the inequalities that comes from a lack of marriage protections, has become the highest funded film in the history of Kickstarter.com. The fundraising website, which has helped to finance more than 7,400 films, confirmed that the indie documentary about marriage equality surpassed all previous fundraising efforts by netting $384,375 in four weeks.
More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.