See Why This Photo Of Political Spouses And Partners Is Making Waves
What’s the first thing you noticed about this picture of political spouses and partners? It’s probably the man in the back row, standing out against the nine women pictured.
That’s Gauthier Destenay, the First Gentleman of Luxembourg and the husband of the world’s only acting openly gay prime minister. Destenay and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel wed in 2015, right after Luxembourg legalized gay marriage. .
When Bettel won the Prime Ministership in 2013, he was already in a civil partnership with Destenay and their sexualities were not a secret. To be clear, Bettel isn’t the only gay prime minister ever, just the only one in office right now. Former Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and former Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurõardóttir were both public about their sexualities.
Destenay, a Belgian architect, joined the likes of US First Lady Melania Trump in Brussels on Thursday while their partners were off discussing world matters. The First Gentleman posed for photos with the group of women at Royal Castle of Laeken on Thursday evening ahead of a dinner especially for spouses.