LGBT Advocate, Writer, and Speaker Shane Bitney Crone & Musician Rayvon Owen to be Guests of Honor at Pride Con 2016

Pride Con is pleased to announce Shane Bitney Crone and Rayvon Owen will be Guests of Honor at its inaugural convention. Pride Con, Be Proud, is a two-day convention scheduled for July 29th through 30th, 2016, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. Together, they will participate in panel sessions, meet-n-greets, autograph sessions, and more. In addition, Rayvon will be performing live as well.

About Shane Bitney Crone
Shane Bitney Crone is an LGBT advocate, writer, and speaker. He grew up in rural Montana, which presented a number of challenges as he grew up and struggled with his identity.

Shane made headlines in May 2012 when he released a video on YouTube titled It Could Happen to You, in which he spoke of the devastation he faced after the unexpected death of his longtime life partner, Tom Bridegroom, a year earlier. The video went viral within a matter of days and has since been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube and other social media platforms. GLAAD named it one of the "Most Inspiring Videos That Helped Push Equality Forward." In 2015, Entertainment Weekly said that the video played a significant role in in the push for nationwide marriage equality.

With the help of fame director Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Shane’s story was turned into feature-length documentary. The film, Bridegroom: A Love Story, Unequaled, premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival where it was introduced by President Bill Clinton. It was later released in theatres on October 2013 and made its television premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film received favorable reviews from The New York Times, LA Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. It received audience awards at dozens of film festivals, won GLAAD's Best Documentary award (2014), and was named Best Documentary by The Gay And Lesbian Critics Association (2014).

Shane works diligently to ensure that LGBT citizens are granted equal rights. He travels all over the world to screen Bridegroom and give talks. He recently gave a TEDx Talk in Amsterdam and delivered the keynote address at the PFLAG Conference in China.

Personally, Shane has been awarded the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award and was named one of Instinct Magazine's Leading Men, one of Out Magazine's Out 100, and one of Huffington Post's Most Compelling People.

About Rayvon Owen
Rayvon Owen pursued a performance career by writing with local musicians and performing at local events, venues, clubs and showcases. He made his way to Los Angeles where he continued to write and craft his sound. In 2014, he released his debut EP, “Cycles,” which includes the hit single “Sweatshirt.” In the past year, Rayvon took his talent on the road – performing at over 60 colleges across the United States.

Already having a fan base across the U.S., he became a household name and “Twitter Save” champion as a Top 4 finalist on season 14 of American Idol.  While on Idol, Rayvon performed with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Rickey Martin, Boy George and many others. Receiving rave reviews from major outlets, including People Magazine, USA Today and Billboard, he is noted, not only for his star quality and beautiful vocal tone, but for his ability to bring authenticity and emotion to his performances.

Rayvon shared his new creative direction and collaborative spirit with the September 2015 release of his “Air EP.” The 2015 L.A. Music Award’s “Rising Star” recipient recently wrapped recording on his new EP — set to release late 2016. His lead single, “Can’t Fight It,” premiered exclusively on Huffington Post February 12. The music video was released on Valentine’s Day through Billboard, along with an exclusive interview that shared a part of Rayvon’s story publicly for the first time. Rayvon continues to strive to entertain his listeners and create an immersive and inspirational experience.

Shane and Rayvon join Pride Con 2016 amazing line up of guests of honor including YouTube LGBTQA+ content creators Vinny and Luke Vaillancourt from V-Squared, Trent Owers and Luke Shayler from TRENTANDLUKE, Matthew Schueller, Calum McSwiggan from EatGayLove, make-up artist and vlogger Stef Sanjati, Mike Rizzi from MikeyThePlatypus, Pano Tsaklas, Jake Bebbington and Christian Doyle from Jakes Sake, LGBT+ advocate and coach Arielle Scarcella; rock band Lolita Dark, Broadway actor and singer Ethan Le Phong, Ebony and Denise from OliviaHas2Moms; lesbian duo singers Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers of BriaAndChrissy; America’s Next Top Model Contestant and model Will Jardell and YouTuber James Wallington, FTM transgender entrepreneur and activist Aydian Dowling, actor, producer, and writer Mike C. Manning. Pride Con also welcomes many YouTube content creators to the event. To see the full list lineup, please visit Pride Con’s guest page.
http://www.pride-con.com/guests-of-pride-con/

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To register for Pride Con, please visit our registration page.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pride-con-2016-registration-20366433551

About Pride Con
Held in Anaheim, California, Pride Con® will be a two-day convention that strives to become the epicenter of LGBTQA+ fandom within pop culture, music, video games, comics, and cosplay. Pride Con will be held in Southern California in summer 2016. More information can be found at its website (www.pride-con.com).

About H8 M3 N0T Enterprises, LLC 
H8 M3 N0T (Pronounced as “Hate Me Not”) Enterprises, LLC is a startup company that will run Pride Con. The company is spelled as 1337 Speak to express its origins of being geeky and to be a constant reminder to never use hate as a means to conduct business. The company is dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, the LGBTQA+ community in related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions the LGBT+ community to art and culture. The co-founders, Thai Pham and Long Vo, have worked in convention fandom scenes since 2006 and 2011, respectively.

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