Thursday, September 12, 2019

Meeting of two openly gay heads of state and their partners

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, and Ana Brnabić, Prime Minister of Serbia, posed with their partners ahead of a state visit. The two openly gay world leaders were pictured together for first time. 

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg is hosting his Serbian counterpart this week to discuss the possibility of the latter joining the European Union among other issues. 

Bettel and his husband, Gauthier Destenay, were seen posing with Brnabić and her partner, Milica Djurdjic. The pictures were tweeted by Bettel himself to mark Brnabić’s arrival in the country.

Bettel became Luxembourg’s first openly gay prime minister in 2013. He married architect Gauthier Destenay in May 2015, shortly after his government introduced marriage equality.

Upon taking office in June 2017, Brnabić declared that she did not want to be branded “Serbia’s gay PM”. Rather, she said, she would like to be known for her “competence, professionalism and trustworthiness”.

While many acknowledged that the fairness of this request, there is a widely-held frustration that LGBT rights have not advanced under Brnabić’s leadership.

Bettel's tweet

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