Four million YouTube views later, Shane Bitney Crone’s emotional story about his partner Tom Bridegroom is made into a film, called Bridegroom.

The story, which touched the hearts of millions of people around the world, has been made into a film, in which Shane Bitney Crone speaks about the cruelty he received from his late boyfriend’s family and the system that failed to recognise Bitney-Crone as a significant partner in Tom Bridegroom’s life. The film premiered on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN.

On Sunday the 27th OWN, will present a night of specialised programming that will focus on being gay in the USA.

The film, which is due to receive a UK release via Netflix, has already won numerous awards and accolades.

The initial YouTube video was made to document Crone’s grief on the anniversary of his partner’s death.

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Tom Bridegroom fell from a 4-storey rooftop to his death whilst taking photos of a friend in 2011.

Shane and Tom were in a committed, loving relationship for nearly six years. Shane was threatened with violence from Tom’s family if he attempted to attend the funeral.