We could really use some Suzanne Sugarbaker wit right about now. Or at least a glimpse of her pet pig, Noel.
When we saw that Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Designing Women) was directing a new gay film, we were expecting something from her trademark sassy and hilarious oeuvre. But what she delivers in the documentary Bridegroom is so much more.
The true-life story surrounds committed couple Shane and Tom (above) whose fairy tale life abruptly ends when Tom dies in a tragic accident. A year after Tom’s death, Shane created a video tribute to his partner called It Could Happen to You.
The video went viral and has 4.2 million views and counting. Thomason’s film expands on the original movie, delving into issues of marriage equality and what happens to a loving couple who are legally barred from having equal rights and protection under the law.
Most of all, it reinforces the importance of getting documents set up with an attorney who understands the nuances of LGBT couples and what they need to as closely resemble a legal marriage as possible.
It’s an emotionally powerful, utterly devastating love story, but one punctuated with hope that change is coming.
Because everyone deserves a happily ever after.
Premieres on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Sunday, October 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Also available on Netflix, starting October 27.