Shane Bitney Crone is an activist, speaker, writer and filmmaker. He grew up in small, conservative Kalispell, Mont., where he struggled to fit in but fell victim to years of homophobic bullying and severe depression. After high school, he packed up his belongings and trekked to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of working in the entertainment industry. In 2005 Crone met Tom Bridgegroom, who changed his life and heart. Together they dreamed of starting a business, buying a home and getting married. Bridegroom died in 2011. Linda Bloodworth Thomason, creator of Designing Women and director/producer of Man from Hope, together with Crone, produced “Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled,” a documentary showcasing the couple’s life together and the fallout from Bridegroom’s death, while exploring the ramifications of marriage bans. The documentary has won audience awards at every film festival at which it has been screened, including Tribeca Film Festival and Los Angeles’ Outfest Film Festival.