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Shane Bitney Crone  LGBT advocate, writer, speaker, & proud uncle. 🌈👫❤️👬❤️👭🌈 Twitter.com/ShaneBitney YouTube.com/ShaneBitneyCrone


Sending love to everyone who has fought and continues to fight for marriage equality in Australia! It saddens me to hear of the extreme resistance from those who are trying to deny LGBTQ citizens the freedom to marry, and I encourage everyone to speak out and VOTE YES on the marriage equality survey currently taking place. It is time for the Australian government to hear loud and clear that the majority of its citizens are in favor of equal marriage. No one should have to wait to be treated fairly and equally under the law.
As you know, I firmly believe in the power of sharing personal stories to open hearts and minds. I'm so humbled that people continue to use the documentary about my story, Bridegroom (on Netflix), as a tool to educate and inspire others. There was also a beautiful Australian film based on my journey called "Wish For Tomorrow," which is available on YouTube and my Facebook page.
Love WILL win, and to everyone in Australia fighting, please know there are millions of people across the world who love and support you, and who will fight for your love and rights to be recognized.

Huge thanks to Ryne Burds and the University of Tampa for having me come speak--I had a fantastic time! I'm looking forward to speaking tonight at Alma College in Michigan and Dickinson State University on 9/28!
If you would like me to speak at your school, please email info@wolfmanproductions.com! ❤️

#TBT I got to meet one of Rayvon's mentors and see him in what was one of the best concerts I've ever attended! I was especially moved by his performance of "We Are The World," a beautiful song with a message that needs to be heard now more than ever. ❤️

SHAMEFUL. Denying transgender people the opportunity to serve goes against the values our military fights to protect!
"Trump is banning all transgenders from the military. To those who believed Trump would be a friend to LGBTs, time to admit you were conned." - George Takei

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The #SorryNotSorry music video is out! So honored to be a part of it! 💛 Thank you @ddlovato for making it such a special night--it was hands down one of the most fun times I've ever had! I can't dance, like at all, but I had a blast trying. 😝 #SorryNotSorryVideo

Who else is super excited for tomorrow, when @HGTV is re-airing a new pilot called "Down to the Studs," hosted by husbands, PJ and Thomas McKay (@pjandthomas)?! The dynamic and entertaining couple renovates and flips houses in Chattanooga, TN. LGBT people are still majorly under-represented on television, so it's very important to support shows like this! Please watch, or at the very least, DVR the show, which airs tomorrow, Monday, July 17th at 1p/12c on HGTV. And afterwards, show them some love on social media to let HGTV know how much you enjoyed it, so that hopefully the network will produce a full season! 👬🔨🏡#downtothestuds #hgtv #HGTVDownToTheStuds

Love wins! ❤️🌈💛🇩🇪🌈💛❤️ What an awesome way to close out Pride Month! #EqualLoveEqualRights

As we approach the end of Pride Month, I would like to recommend some amazing reading material to help you stay in the Pride spirit! Below are just a few of my recent favorites. These books were written by some of the most brilliant young queer authors out there (pun not intended). Each book uniquely captures the essence of what it means to be LGBTQ in today's world. Do yourselves a favor and check out these authors (tagged in the pic) and books!
Boy Robot by @SimonCurtis -- An innovative sci-fi tale about a young man who, on his 18th birthday, learns that he isn't actually human—he's a robot. This discovery changes his life, sending him on an epic journey filled with danger, love, and self-exploration. l don't typically read science fiction novels, but I absolutely loved this imaginative and adventurous story. The book is thoughtful and empowering, and serves as a poignant reminder that although we all feel different and alone sometimes, there will always be a reason to have hope.
Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager -- A creative compilation of some of history's lesser known, and sometimes completely unknown, LGBTQ historical figures and advocates. The book is a fun and informal read, especially compared to your normal history textbook, and it's made even better by Zoe More O'Ferrall's whimsical illustrations. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to be entertained while also being educated about a history that has too often been swept under the rug.
The Gilded Razor by @SamLansky -- A haunting story about a young gay man's pilgrimage through addiction and recovery. After hitting rock bottom and living there for several years, Sam takes you on a twisted journey as he navigates his way back to sobriety. I was struck by the book's humor and unabashed honesty. Although Sam's story is very unique, it is highly relatable in many ways. You are sure to be inspired by this beautifully written memoir about self-discovery and overcoming some of life's most brutal obstacles.

I am honored to take part in @YouTube’s #ProudToBe campaign that was launched today. They created a beautiful video that is currently being featured on their homepage and are celebrating people’s #ProudToBe moments on all of their socials.
I’ll never forget standing at the base of the steps of the United States Supreme Court in 2015 when they ruled in favor of the freedom to marry. I was so #ProudToBe following in the footsteps of the people who fought to make that day possible. For most of my life, I was ashamed of being gay and was too scared to stand up for myself, let alone for others. However, after losing my partner of six years, Tom Bridegroom, I learned how fleeting life is; and after being banned from his funeral by his unaccepting parents, I learned how important it is to share your story and to stand up for what you believe in--even when met with opposition. I decided to share my story on YouTube, which completely changed my life and turned me into what many call an "accidental activist." I truly believe that all of our stories matter, and that we are all capable of being instruments for social change. During Pride month, and all year, stand up, speak out, and be #ProudToBe yourself! ❤️💛💚💙💜

‪Who's joining an equality/resist march this weekend?! Hope to see some of you in D.C.! 🏳️‍🌈‬ ‪Join the movement! equalitymarch2017.org


June is LGBT Pride Month! It's about loving yourself, celebrating diversity, and standing up for what you believe in! #BeProud #LoveIsLouder #EqualLoveEqualRights #PRIDE2017 🌈

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