A first gentleman enchants the world


It was one of the most widely shared photos on the social networks on Friday; daily newspapers around the world printed on Saturday: the group picture of the “Women’s Program” at the NATO summit in Brussels, where a lonely man beamed into the camera.While Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer as well as Briton Philip John May skipped a visit to the Magritte Museum and a handbag boutique, Gauthier Destenay, husband of Luxembourg’s gay Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, did not miss out on Brigitte Macron, Emine Erdogan, Melania To accompany Trump and other spouses of NATO leaders.”Self-confident and self-evident”The Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld also shared the photo on her Facebook page and praised how “confident and self-evident” the Belgian-born architect was. Indeed, a simple yet wonderful sign of homosexual visibility that encourages young queers all over the world – and that unfortunately is still needed in NATO countries such as Turkey, Hungary or Poland, which are trampling on LGBTI rights.Xavier Bettel joined the Chambre des Députés as a Member of Parliament in 1999, and since late 2013 he leads a coalition with Social Democrats and Greens as Liberal leader. During his term of office, Luxembourg opened marriage for same-sex couples in 2014 – with 56 to 4 votes (usa.lgbt reported1).A year later, Bettel married his longtime friend Destenay (usa.lgbt reported2), with whom he had already lived in a civil partnership since 2010. He is the first head of government in a same-sex marriage; On the women’s side, Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir had already married her partner during her tenure in 2010, as one of the country’s first ceremonies. (Mize)


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