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White House Omits First Husband of Luxembourg From Photo Caption

White House Omits First Husband of Luxembourg From Photo Caption

White House Omits First Husband of Luxembourg From Photo Caption
Photography: Virginia Mayo

This is some serious shade.

Earlier this week we reported that Gauthier Destenay, the husband of the world's only gay Prime Minister (Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg), had posed with several first ladies in a NATO spouse photo. It was nice to see the openly gay first husband rubbing shoulders with Melania Trump, but of course the Trump administration couldn't let us enjoy the moment. Today, Destenay's name was omitted in a photo caption to the Trump White House's official photograph from the summit in Brussels.

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While Melania Trump is mentioned twice in the photo caption, Destenay -- a Belgian architect -- is not mentioned at all. That is some serious homophobic shade.

The caption read: "First Lady Melania Trump poses with Belgium's Queen Mathilde, center, and other spouses of Nato leaders: First Lady Emine Erdogan of Turkey; Iceland's Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir; the First Lady of France Brigitte Trogneux; First Lady Melania Trump; Slovenia's Mojca Stropnik; Bulgaria's Desislava Radeva; Belgium's Amelie Derbaudrenghien, and Norway's Ingrid Schulerud, during their visit Thursday 25 May 2917 [sic], at the Royal Palace in Brussels."

The omission of the first gentlemen is a clean instance of queer erasure by the steadfastly conservative administration -- although to be honest, it's surprising they didn't just crop him out entirely, the way your best friend does with that fire selfie you two took when he makes it his Facebook profile picture.

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