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Coming Out Stories On Ricki

In: Donovan, Music, Totally GAY!

On Tuesday’s episode of The Ricki Lake Show it was all about the gays. Lance Bass and others recounted their heart-wrenching coming out stories. The former ‘N Sync singer discussed a wide array of topics including his first boy crush in kindergarten, hiding his sexuality from his family and band members, and growing up in a small town in Mississippi. The 33-year-old singer also gave advice on coming out for those in middle America since it “is a lot more tricky,” than those living in large metropolis areas.

Also in the episode, Ricki Lake chats with Shane Bitney Crone. You might remember his inspiring YouTube video that went viral documenting his love affair with his partner, Tom Bridegroom. If you recall, Shane was forbidden to attend his partner’s funeral. Also on the LGBT-themed show, Romi Klinger from Showtime’s reality hit show The Real L Word opens up about her shocking wedding featured on the Season 3 finale. Fans of the show were shocked when the openly-out lesbian married a MAN. Klinger discusses the backlash she received from the gay community since the episode aired. Check out the highlights from all three of these interviews below.

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You probably recall the video we posted a while back called “It Could Happen To You,” where Shane Bitney Crone talked about the aftermath of losing the love of his life Tom Bridegroom to a tragic accident. Bridegroom’s family was not accepting of their gay relationship so the forbid Crone from attending the funeral and because of the laws, was forbidden from getting any information from the hospital. This story broke the hearts of the millions of people who watched it and it made me bawl my eyes out.

Now, Crone is teaming up with filmmakers to make a full length documentary titled ‘Bridegroom‘ that will tell the emotional journey of these two young men in a loving and committed relationship – a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of a roof. The story of what happened after this accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized– is poignant, enraging and opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

They have created a video on Kickstarter to help raise money for the film so that it can be in theatres by the fall. Watch the video below and support this great cause if you can. A heads up that this video will probably get you choked up once again.

Watch the new video after the jump…

I just finished watching the video below and am still wiping away the tears from my face. Shane Bitney Crone (the creator of the video) says: “It has been said that sharing personal stories is one of the most effective ways to change people’s hearts and minds. This is my story and I hope you are inspired to share it with others.”

Crone tells the story of he and his other half, Tom Bridegroom. They were together for 6 years and while together, they had both come out to their families, they started a business together, adopted a dog, and traveled the world. Then, in 2011 something devastating happened that would change everything.

The NOH8 Campaign is officially here in Vancouver for the first time today and it’s stories like these that remind me of what we’re all fighting for. If you need a reminder, watch this video and share it with others.

Watch the video after the jump…

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