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Shane Bitney Crone  LGBT advocate, writer, speaker, & proud uncle. 🌈👫❤️👬❤️👭🌈

Love wins in India today!!! 🏳️‍🌈 #EqualLoveEqualRights #LoveIsLove #LoveIsLouder #LoveWins

Show the world that Love is STILL Louder with this limited edition t-shirt that benefits @Teaching_Tolerance and @LoveIsLouder. 💜 I hope you are having a fantastic summer! I’ve been traveling a lot, enjoying time offline, and gearing up for a busy fall. Sending love! Get the tee here: #LoveIsLouder

Happy Pride month is right!!! I know a lot of you don’t live close to a pride parade, so I’ve teamed up with @Verizon to bring you the first ever digital parade so we can march together. Join me! Link in bio! #ConnectedByPride

June is Pride Month: a time when the LGBTQ community can come together and reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and hope for our future. This month means different things to different people (even within the LGTBQ community) and I was inspired to write something after seeing an influx of comments and posts from other people asking, "Why is there no Straight Pride?" This question arises every year and it's something I would like to address.
The LGBTQ community is a minority community that continues to be marginalized, in spite of the tremendous progress towards equality that has been made. This year's Pride feels particularly significant and important considering the following:
The current president has once again chosen not to acknowledge Pride month.
There were at least 129 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced across 30 states in 2017.
Conversion therapy is still legal in most states.
You can still be fired, and denied housing and other benefits, in most states for being gay.
Transgender people continue to be harassed, beaten, and even murdered. Already in 2018, there have been 12 transgender homicides reported.
My brief point is (and I say this with respect): there is no Straight Pride because every day is Straight Pride. To my knowledge, heterosexual people who identify as cisgender enjoy full benefits and protections within all fifty states and at the federal level that citizens belonging to the LGBTQ community do not. Federally recognized marriage equality was a huge step but we still have a long ways to go, and this month gives us a bigger platform to celebrate our progress, discuss important issues, and garner greater support from our ally communities.
But yes, it is also a time to celebrate on parade floats, wave rainbow flags, and dance the night away because, well, life is short, so why the heck not?!
I know I’ll be celebrating this year’s Pride with extra love in my heart because I’ll be enjoying it with Rayvon! Cheesy, but true! 😝 🌈
📷: @matthewschueller

On June 16th, I am going to do my first-ever overnight walk in Philadelphia for the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention. In order to raise money for this incredible organization and their life-saving work, I’ve decided to sign and sell 100 Bridegroom DVDs, which you can order by clicking the link in my bio. 100% of the proceeds will go to the cause! 💙

Seven years, today. In the past seven years, not a single day has gone by that I have not thought about Tom, and each year without him brings new lessons. The most recent lesson has been understanding my relationship with material things. Unfortunately, many items that belonged to Tom (or reminded me of him) were recently stolen from my storage unit. Having someone rummage through my things—especially Tom’s things—was one of the most violating experiences I have ever had. I was especially heartbroken when I discovered that they took one of Tom’s most prized items: his keyboard. I kept it all this time because that keyboard meant the world to him, and had allowed him to express himself through some of his most painful, and most joyous moments. He spent years writing songs on it—songs about his life and our life together. It has taken me a few months to move past the initial sadness and anger I felt after losing that keyboard (which also coincided with selling the home we had bought together). What has become clear is that while it is perfectly normal to have strong emotional connections to material things—especially those that remind us of loved ones who have passed—the memories connected to these items are far more valuable and precious. This whole experience has been an invaluable reminder to cherish the people in your life and the memories you create with them, and to put less importance on the items you collect. Through this negative experience, I have let go of some feelings that have not been serving me, and I have even managed to find some peace (and forgiveness). It has taught me that I must always be looking forward, and while I can and should remember the past, I mustn’t dwell in it. I wanted to share these thoughts on the anniversary of Tom’s passing because of this recent reminder. Our loved ones live on within our hearts—not inside storage units. 💙

A little late to the party, but here’s my #oldheadshotday. 😂🙈 Before I realized I wasn’t Ryan Phillippe or Justin Timberlake...🤦🏼‍♂️

@LoveSimonMovie comes out this weekend! It is a groundbreaking, hopeful, and life-affirming movie that should be seen and supported by everyone. Never before has there been an LGBTQ romantic comedy pushed by a major studio in such a mainstream way; by supporting it, we have the power to show the entertainment industry--and society--that LGBTQ stories matter and deserve to be told. I dreamed of seeing a movie like this growing up and I know that this entertaining, fantastically done film is going to make a big difference in many people's lives. EVERYONE deserves a great love story! ❤️ #LoveSimon #LoveSimonMovie #LoveIsLouder #LoveIsLove

Thank you all so much for the love and support you've shown us since we announced our engagement! I can’t express my gratitude enough because you have made this moment even more special. We are looking forward to the next chapter but for now we are going to enjoy and celebrate this time! 🏳️‍🌈👬❤️

@RayvonOwen, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you, and I am beyond thrilled to officially call you my fiancé! You’ve made me a better man and I’ll forever be grateful to you for loving me unconditionally. I know with all of my heart that Tom would be so happy for us, and I thank you for honoring and respecting the fact that he will always be a part of my life.
I have to give a huge thank you to @ddlovato for being a supportive friend and for helping make last night possible. It was one of the greatest moments of my life! I also want to thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for young people, and particularly the LGBT community. Your heart, your voice, and your activism make everyone feel accepted, less alone, more empowered and more hopeful. ❤️
Thank you to @matthew_scott_montgomery, @sirahsays, @adreeneyc, @kelseykershner and Demi’s team for helping pull last night off and thank you to everyone out there who has supported me, as well as my relationship with Rayvon. Your support through the years has not gone unnoticed and I would not be where I am without all of you. ❤️🏳️‍🌈#LoveIsLouder #LoveWins #TellMeYouLoveMeTour

Who else is obsessed with the @QueerEye (for the Straight Guy) reboot, now streaming on Netflix??? I just binged the entire season! There were so many powerful messages within each episode, and I’m not even gonna pretend like I didn’t shed a few tears (okay, maybe A LOT of tears 😝). Thank you to everyone who made this important, heartwarming, and hopeful series--especially the brilliant hosts, @bobbyberk, @antoni, @tanfrance, @karamobrown, and @jvn! 🏳️‍🌈 #QueerEye

Huge congrats to Adam! He inspires millions of people by proudly being himself and fearlessly speaking out about what he believes in. His voice--and this win--will surely inspire many people, particularly LGBT youth! 🌈 #AdamRippon

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