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Two police officers
get engaged at London Pride

The pair got engaged during Pride in London
The pair got engaged during Pride in London

Two police officers have opened up about getting engaged at Pride at London.
23-year-old PC Sam Philpot proposed to his colleague and partner, PC Martin Coughlan, during the London Pride parade on Saturday.
East London PC Philpot, who joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 2011, had first met 28-year-old PC Coughlan dating online.
The moment of the proposal was caught on camera, and has attracted millions of views .
Sam Philpot said: “For me, it was love at first sight.
“Getting married was mentioned a while ago, and I started to think about it but it was only this week after my last night shift that I decided it was going to happen and I went to buy the ring.
“If you’re going to do it, you have to do it properly.
“I wasn’t out before I met Martin, and even though it was my day off, Martin encouraged me to get involved in the Pride Parade.
“I was nervous at the idea of proposing because I’ve only recently come out. When I asked advice from my senior officers who were in the parade, they were really helpful and talked to me about how I wanted it to be.
“It happened even better than I had imagined, and the crowd reacted amazingly, they seemed pretty pleased for us. People seeing the police as one of them helps to break down barriers, so it’s a good thing, and I’m surprised it’s got as big as it has.”
Martin Coughlan continued: “I did my first parade in 2009, and have volunteered to represent the Met ever since. I’ve also done some work to help increase under-reporting amongst same-sex victims of domestic violence.
“My family was in on the secret, and my mother and best friends were there in the crowd to see it happen.
“For me, it wasn’t expected at all; I only realised it was going to happen at the moment it was happening. It’s surprising how much attention it’s attracted online but there was lots of cheering, photos and videos being taken from the crowds and everyone seemed quite happy for us. I think it’s a great message around the meaning of Pride.”
Inspector Aaron Clarke, who led the Met’s contingent marching in the parade, said: “When my colleagues approached us to ask if we could help, we just couldn’t say no.
“The public have been very wary of Pride because of the recent atrocity in Orlando, and it fitted perfectly with our message around the police being ‘of the people’ and reflecting the communities we serve.
“Many older members of the LGBT community will remember a different style of policing, so it was an honour and a privilege to show them just how much the British Police service has changed and diversified.
“We’re all genuinely delighted to have been a part of Sam and Martin’s special moment, and the crowds who witnessed it, either in person or online, were as equally enthusiastic.”
Source: Pink News, Nick Duffy, June 27, 2016.

Why I ride

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh
Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

Caleb Pennau photographed for Vanity Teen by Theyaoh

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Dustin McNeer

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Tom Daley (right) and his fiancé Dustin Lance Black (more here)

Happiness is...

Les douze meilleures pâtisseries de Paris

La pâtisserie de Cyril Lignac

Les habitants de Paris vivent aujourd'hui un véritable âge d'or de la pâtisserie : nulle part ailleurs dans le monde, on peut trouver de telles merveilles sucrées à déguster quotidiennement. Certes, de nombreuses enseignes de quartier choisissent la facilité en vendant des entremets semi-industriels, faisant énormément de mal à la noble profession d'artisans pâtissiers. La capitale compte toutefois des établissements où évoluent de véritables virtuoses du sucré. Cette qualité a forcément un prix. Ne vous attendez donc pas à trouver des pâtisseries à des tarifs cassés... (L'Express, 24 juin 2016)

"Ambroisie" de Laurent Duchêne

Croquant amandes en sablé, crémeux chocolat noir, biscuit
fondant chocolat, ganache framboise.

"Equinoxe" de Cyril Lignac

Sablé spéculoos, ganache légère à la vanille Bourbon, coeur au caramel beurre salé.

"Gâteau Butterfly vanille cassis", Lenôtre, Krenzer

"Pâtisserie intimiste et sensuelle qui, avec son jeu de textures et de superpositions, célèbre
l'accord du cassis avec la vanille dans un bel équilibre entre l'acidité et la douceur."

"Plaisirs sucrés" de Pierre Hermé

Dacquoise noisettes du Piémont, praliné feuilleté noisettes, fines feuilles
de chocolat au lait, ganache chocolat, Chantilly chocolat au lait.

"Religieuse caramel beurre salé" de Christophe Michalak

Christophe Michalak a réussi à imposer sa propre vision de la pâtisserie
en lui apportant une touche plus novatrice, iconoclaste et rock'n'roll.
Attention ! Cette religieuse est une tuerie.

Pride is about celebrating who you are
and who you love.

But millions around the world
don't have the ability to take part.

With this immersive 360° film, now anyone can experience parades from around the globe, from São Paulo to Sydney.
Brandon Kilgour on Instagram

Brandon Kilgour on Instagram
Brandon Kilgour on Instagram (more here)

Nefarious times we live in...

NYC Pride 2016

For Pride, New York‘s Finest has one-upped last year’s headline-maker — the male police officer who danced while in uniform — by rolling out something bigger. Two and a half tons bigger, with 350 horsepower.
Unlike all the traditional blue striped vehicles in its fleet, New York City‘s police department has unveiled a rainbow-striped Ford Interceptor emblazoned with heart stickers that read “NYC Pride 2016,” and “Our ♥ goes out to Orlando” – all in rainbow colors, of course.
Patrol cars usually have the words “Courtesy Professionalism Respect” on their sides, but this model bears the slogan, “Pride Equality Peace.”
Orlando police tweeted their appreciation for the NYPD’s vehicle, which is expected to be seen at Pride festivities this weekend in Manhattan. (Source: LGBTQ Nation, June 23, 2016)

Jordan Paris by Steve Reganato
Jordan Paris by Steve Reganato

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