Luxemburg’s gay first gentleman mingles with first ladies & a queen at NATO summit

Luxemburg’s gay first gentleman mingles with first ladies & a queen at NATO summit
Melania Trump, right, wife of US President Donald Trump speaks with Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron as they visit the Magritte Museum in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. US President Donald Trump is in Belgium for a two day visit which will include a meeting with EU officials and a NATO summit. Photo: AP Photo/Thierry Monasse

The First Gentleman of Luxembourg joined first ladies and partners of NATO leaders for an outing to a Brussels children’s hospital and museum Thursday while their more political halves met at a nearby summit.

Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect and husband of Luxemburg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, mingled with sophisticated spouses including Melania Trump, the first ladies of France and Turkey, and even the Queen of Belgium, as they visited sick children and toured a museum dedicated to Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Magritte is best known for his painting of a pipe titled “This Is Not a Pipe.”

Melania Trump, the wife of US President Donald Trump, center, poses with Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, right, and Gauthier Desteney, the husband of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel during a group photo for the spouses and partner program at the Royal Palace of Laeken, near Brussels, on Thursday, May 25, 2017. AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

Destenay married his partner in 2015, two years after Bettel won his historic election and year after the tiny county passed marriage equality. Bettel is the first gay prime minister in Luxembourg and the third in Europe, after Iceland’s Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir and Belgium’s Elio Di Rupo, and the only openly gay world leader currently in power.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, embraces his husband Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg, on Friday, May 15, 2015. Geert Vanden Wijngaert, AP

And while some of the NATO member nations prohibit same-sex marriage, the visit went off without any noticeable hitches. At the NATO conference, on the other hand, things were less cordial. Donald Trump was filmed appearing to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic out of the way to be in the front of a photo.

Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, center right, after appearing to be pushed by Donald Trump, center, during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. US President Donald Trump inaugurated the new headquarters during a ceremony on Thursday with other heads of state and government. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

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