The White House just ignored the husband of Luxembourg's gay Prime Minister

Bridie Pearson-Jones
Sunday 28 May 2017 08:45
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Picture:(AURORE BELOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel, made headlines this week for posing for a photo with the other spouses of Nato leaders.

The moment was lauded as a positive step in LGBT representation.

The White House however, seem less pleased.

Destanay's name was omitted from the image caption when the White House shared it on their Facebook page.

Picture: White House / Facebook

While Destenay didn't get a single mention, Melania Trump got two.

The caption originally read:

First Lady Melania Trump poses with Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, center, and other spouses of Nato leaders: First Lady Emine Erdoğan of Turkey; Iceland’s Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir; the First Lady of France Brigitte Trogneux; First Lady Melania Trump; Slovenia’s Mojca Stropnik; Bulgaria’s Desislava Radeva; Belgium’s Amélie Derbaudrenghien, and Norway’s Ingrid Schulerud, during their visit Thursday 25 May 2917 [sic], at the Royal Palace in Brussels.

After comments complaining, they updated the caption to include his name.

However, the original caption can still be read in its edit history.

Picture: White House / Facebook

GLAAD, a major LGBT rights campaign group commented to the photo asking

What about Luxembourg's openly gay First Husband?

Others wrote:

The omission of the the First Gentleman of Luxembourg name is blatantly disrespectful and just goes to show the level of idiocy of this White House staff.

There is a great omission here in the caption. 

Please correct the caption. 

His name is Gauthier Destenay, he's an architect, and he's the First Gentleman of Luxembourg. He is also the husband of the world's only openly gay prime minister, Xavier Bettel.

Destenay, a Belgian-born architect, married Bettel in 2015.

He's currently the only openly gay world leader.

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