This Police Officer Dancing To Beyoncé Will Heal Your Soul
Thank you, universe.
We can all agree that this week has been a total and complete dumpster fire, yes? Yes.
So take a moment and let your soul heal, because there's a cop in Virginia who did a perfectly choreographed rendition of "Formation" for a group of screaming kids at North Stafford High School's homecoming pep rally on Friday.
LOOK AT HIM.
This is Deuntay Diggs, 2nd Lieutenant for the county sheriff’s office in Stafford, Virginia. He's the shining ray of light we all need right now. "I basically learned the choreography the night before I performed it for the first time," he told BuzzFeed News during a phone interview.
"I’m a huge Beyoncé fan. So the night before, I just watched her video on YouTube over and over again, and then I memorized it, practiced it, and the next day I did it." He first performed the song back in August for a lip syncing contest to benefit children who needed school supplies.
According to Diggs, he's the first openly gay cadet to attend the Virginia Military Institute, and also the first openly gay deputy to serve at the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. He's 31 years old and has been serving in Stafford for eight years.
Coming out as a freshman at the institute was a challenge, he said. "I didn’t really accept myself at the time," Diggs said. "But one of the things that they beat into your head [at VMI] is integrity and honesty, so I didn't want to lie to my fellow cadets."
"The first thing I did was tell my foster family, and after I told them they disowned me," Diggs said. "I told one person at the school, and I asked her not to tell anybody, and [then it] spread like wildfire. I spent roughly the next year in isolation. That was the worst year of my life, but also the best. I had to figure out how to love myself, and what I wanted to be."