Documenting The Agony Of Family Rejection: ‘It Could Happen To You’


The Family Acceptance Project has extensively documented the severe consequences when parents and other family members condemn a child for being gay or trans. Because of marriage inequality, these rejections can impact an individual’s partner as well, particularly in emergency situations. One year ago, Shane Bitney Crone lost the love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, in an accidental fall. The two had bought a house and started a business together. Bridegroom’s family was not accepting at all, and when he died, they cut Bitney off entirely, with threats of violence if he even tried to attend his partner’s funeral. He has documented the agony of his love’s death and the aftermath in a poignant video, and is calling on everyone to support #EqualLoveEqualRights: