The White House Omitted Luxembourg’s Gay First Gentleman From NATO Spouse Portrait

It also got the year wrong.

Gauthier Destenay cut a dashing figure at the NATO conference in Brussels last week: The husband of Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Destenay appeared with France’s Brigitte Macron, Turkey’s Emine Erdogan, Queen Mathilde of Belgium and other spouses of heads of state at a dinner at the royal castle in Laeken.

(Front row LtoR) Brigitte Macron, wife of French President, Emine Gulbaran Erdogan, wife of Turkey's President, First Lady of the US Melania Trump, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Stoltenberg's wife Ingrid Schulerud, partner of Bulgaria's President Desislava Radeva, partner of Charles Michel Amelie Derbaudrenghien, (back row, LtoR), husband of Luxembourg's prime minister Gauthier Destenay, partner of Slovenia's Prime Minister Mojca Stropnik and wife of Iceland's President Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir pose for a family photo before a diner  at the Royal castle in Laken/Laeken, on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / YORICK JANSENS / Belgium OUT        (Photo credit should read YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images)
YORICK JANSENS/AFP/Getty Images

Photo agencies like Getty Images ran photos from the event, labeling all those in attendance.

But when the White House posted its portrait on Facebook, it left Destenay out.

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“I took these screenshots myself at 6:02PM on May 27, 2017,” Gay Writes posted. “The photo has been on Facebook for seven hours. Dozens of people have commented asking for a correction. It still has not been fixed.”

The post also cites the date of the event as “May 25, 2917.” Girl, we’re all trying to fast-forward through the next few years but that’s a bit much.

Husband of Luxembourg's prime minister Gauthier Destenay poses before a diner  at the Royal castle in Laken/Laeken, on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. / AFP PHOTO / BELGA / NICOLAS MAETERLINCK / Belgium OUT        (Photo credit should read NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)
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