White House Corrects ‘Disrespectful’ First Gentleman Gaffe


The White House has corrected a photo caption that omitted the name of Luxembourg’s First Gentlemen from a photo of the spouses of world leaders.

In a photo op at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference in Brussels last week, Gauthier Destenay, the husband of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, stood alongside US First Lady Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, France’s Brigitte Macron, Turkey’s Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, Norway’s Ingrid Schulerud, Bulgaria’s Desislava Radeva, Belgium’s Amelie Derbaudrenghien, Slovenia’s Mojca Stropnik and Iceland’s Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir.

The photo featuring Destenay (pictured) captivated the Internet, but after it was posted in an album of others to the official White House Facebook page, people were quick to point out that Destenay’s name – and only his name – was missing from the caption.

“What about Luxembourg’s openly gay First Husband?” LGBTI group GLAAD commented on the photo.

“The omission of the the First Gentleman of Luxembourg name is blatantly disrespectful,” another Facebook user wrote.

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The post has since been edited to include Destenay’s name – a change visible in the Facebook post’s edit history – but the correction was not acknowledged amid the backlash.

A White House spokesperson told the Washington Blade she was sure the omission of Destenay’s name “was an oversight” and she had informed the photo office of the error.

“Thousands of photos were taken over the course of a very big, very busy international trip,” the spokesperson said.

So who is Gauthier Destenay? He and Luxembourg leader Bettel entered into a civil partnership in 2010 before Bettel became prime minister in 2013.

The couple (pictured, below) married in 2015 when marriage equality became legal in the country.

“I said ‘yes’,” Bettel said in 2014, recalling his partner’s proposal.

“I have just one life and I don’t want to hide my life.”

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