These cops responded perfectly when they were slammed for painting a car for LGBTQ Pride.

In 2015, a police department in Sussex, England, decided to paint one of their squad cars for Pride.

Photo by Bill Bruzas, used with permission.


While most in the community supported the gesture, department spokesperson Jenni Nuttall told Upworthy there was, "some criticism on social media."

Several residents took issue with the cost of the paint job, which totaled about $295 (225 pounds).

One commenter on Twitter said that the project raised the question of, "where the police's priorities lie," according to a BBC report.

This year, the department decided to make it clear exactly where their priorities lie.

"I wanted to send a message that we wholeheartedly reject the views of those who appear to be critical because it's an LGBT event," Department Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp wrote on Twitter.

"So, I looked around for the biggest vehicle I have."

Photo by Sussex Police/Facebook, used with permission.

The department spent about $550 (420 pounds) to have the van, the largest vehicle in their fleet, decked out for Brighton and Hove's annual Pride gathering, one of the largest events in the city.


According to Kemp, painting the van was an attempt to, "stand against discrimination in an even bigger way than before."

The van made its debut at the city's Trans Pride festival last weekend.

In addition to starring in some photos with their new be-rainbowed vehicle, members of the department handed out literature on combatting transphobia, as well as resources for victims of anti-trans violence.

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A few folks popped up on the department's Facebook page to gripe about the cost of the paint job.


Photo via Sussex Police/Facebook.

But the vast majority of commenters were thrilled at how their tax dollars were being used:

Photo via Sussex Police/Facebook.

The department hopes that Chief Superintendent Kemp's message comes through loud and clear.

"By taking part in the parade we hope to show that we are a supportive and open-minded organization who the people of Sussex can trust and have confidence [in]," Nuttall said.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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