Petty: White House Omits the Only Gay Man in the Caption for the NATO Spouses Photo

An official White House photo of NATO spouses did not include the name of  Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister, in its caption.

via NYDN:

The photo shows the spouses of 10 world leaders who met at the NATO summit in Brussels, which was part of President Trump’s foreign travels last week.

When the White House first posted the photo on Facebook, the caption identified every person except the lone man — Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

The two married in 2015, making Bettel the first leader of a European Union state in a same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of Facebook users immediately noticed the glaring omission, with the GLAAD Facebook account commenting, “What about Luxembourg’s openly gay First Husband?”

Actor Kal Penn, who worked in the White House’s public engagement office under former President Barack Obama, said there was no way the lapse could have been an accident.

“These things are carefully planned & worded with purpose (& with White House senior staff sign off). Nice job @IvankaTrump!” he tweeted.

He added that there would be no “non-homophobic” for Luxembourg’s First Gentlemen to be overlooked.

The White House eventually added Gauthier Destenay to the caption, but has not commented on why he was left out in the first place.


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