Pink Weddings Magazine Autumn/Winter 2016 - Page 8

Martin and SaM When Sam, a policeman at London Pride went down on one knee to propose to his boyfriend and colleague Martin, it was a traffic-stopping moment. Martin shares a special moment – of professional equality as well as personal joy SPECIAL FORCE e first met on social media, as many people do these days. Initially we got together for a beer at a place local to me, not expecting anything to happen. Little did we know, when we first started talking, that we had the same job. We got rather merry that night and got on so well we have not really spent a night apart since, unless we’ve had to for work commitments. So, onto the day that Sam proposed. Well I found out afterwards that it had all been planned, with the senior officers in the parade knowing about it a week or so before. In fact Sam had only actually decided he was going to ask the big question at that point! On the day of the parade I found out I was in a vehicle towards the rear of the contingent and Sam was up at the front. During the parade there was a proposal from a colleague to his boyfriend in the crowd. It was amazing to see, and made me very proud to work for the Police. The parade continued. I’d pushed Sam to take part in it this year. He had only come out in October last year and had a real hard time coming to terms with being gay growing up, so it was a huge step for him to have told his friends, family and colleagues. During the parade my colleagues came to a halt near Piccadilly Circus. A colleague came limping over to my W 8 » pink weddings magazine carrier with a sergeant and I was asked to swap with her to march as she was injured. (She was in fact just acting, I later learned!) I knew my mother and best friend were going to watch us in the parade here anyway, so it was a perfect time to go to them at the barrier and say hello. I felt a tap on my shoulder and Sam said to me, ‘See, I told you I’d get you up to the front.’ At this point he got down on one knee and I immediately realised what was happening. Everyone started screaming and cheering in the crowd and Sam popped the question. It’s a little bit of a blur for me at this point. I had no idea this was going to happen, but of course I said yes. He had a temporary ring at the time, as the one he had ordered was still being made. The parade then continued to the end and I was emotional for the rest of the march, holding back tears of joy. The response has been amazing and the video of it happening went worldwide. I think it was particularly important that there was some positive LGBT news in the USA after the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub, Orlando. Gay marriage is only a recent thing in the UK and still a struggle across the world. I think the UK tends to lead in diversity and equality and we are both very lucky to live here. I think it is also important to show the Police in a personal light and it demonstrated to the world how