White House accused of homophobia after Luxembourg PM’s husband omitted from photo caption

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The White House did not name Gauthier Destenay in the photo of the world leaders’ spouses. CREDIT: REUTERS

By Anna Schaverien

The White House has come under fire for a sexist Facebook post which named every spouse of the world leaders, except the First Gentleman of Luxembourg.

Gauthier Destenay, husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel was the only partner not to be named in the photo of the spouses, taken at the Royal Castle of Laeken in Brussels.

Many have interpreted the post as a snub against Mr Bettel and Mr Destenay – Europe’s first openly gay political couple.

The nine women featured included Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States , Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte Trogneux, the first lady of France, and Emine Erdogan, the first lady of Turkey and wife of the Turkish president.

The post has since been edited on Facebook following widespread criticism and accusations of homophobia.

LGBT activist Greg Hogben wrote on Twitter: “This pisses me off more than I can describe in 140 characters. His name is Gauthier Destenay – and he should have been included.”

Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, and his husband, Gauthier Destenay, were married in December 2013. CREDIT: EPA

Social media users took to the comments section on the post to express their outrage that Mr Destenay was not included.

One user wrote: “The omission of the First Gentleman of Luxembourg name is blatantly disrespectful and just goes to show the level of idiotacy [sic] of this White House staff.”
Another said: “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.”

Source: The Telegraph Newspaper

8 Responses to White House accused of homophobia after Luxembourg PM’s husband omitted from photo caption

  1. I don’t blame white house,Infact that man should be ashamed to even be addressed as first lady,should be first gay guy and must be staying at home during PM’s official visits

    Mwaba
    May 30, 2017 at 6:46 am
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  2. I don’t blame the White House either; this is demonic, they shouldn’t have allowed him to be their in the first place. What would happen if the first ladies go to toilet or bathroom can he also share with them? God forbid.

    James
    May 30, 2017 at 7:01 am
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  3. I don’t blame the White House either; this is demonic, they shouldn’t have allowed him to be there in the first place. What would happen if the first ladies go to toilet or bathroom can he also share with them? God forbid.

    James
    May 30, 2017 at 7:03 am
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  4. What a shame! What a disgrace. Married to a fellow man! Outright disgusting!

    Peter Zulu
    May 30, 2017 at 7:35 am
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  5. God’s laws versus man’s laws. Sodom and Gomora were extinguished because of such vices. In the meantime, man will do what he thinks is so called right but ultimately, God will Victor over such practices. It’s a pity and real shame.

    Hachonda
    May 30, 2017 at 9:25 am
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  6. These are free countries that is why they are prosperous. Africa your priorities are misplaced, that is why you are still out of step with the rest of mankind. Africa is the dirtiest, poorest god forsaken continent on the planet.

    Twin TOwer
    May 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm
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