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Heads of Government of Luxemburg and Serbia Posing for Photos with Their Same-sex Partners
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of 14 September 2019) Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić posed on 8 September 2019 for several unofficial photos, along with Bettel's husband and Brnabićs wife, arm in arm. The day before an official bilateral meeting, these images were immortalized on social networks and recorded as LGBT activism. Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s head of government, recently spoke to the leaders of the Arab League about his homosexuality. In September 2017, Ana Brnabić became the first Serbian head of government to march with Belgrade Gay Pride, which, this year, will take place on 15 September 2019 (i.e. tomorrow, Sunday). In other words: Political activism isn’t exactly new for the two of them.
Xavier Bettel and Ana Brnabić, with their partners Gauthier Destenay and Milica Đurđić, posed together in casual clothes on several photos that the Luxembourg Prime Minister immediately published on Twitter. However, the Serbian head of government did not think it appropriate to publish the photos on her own Twitter account. Despite Ana Brnabić’s election and the success of Gay Pride in Belgrade, Serbia is still quite homophobic. However, the region is developing positively, as the recent and first Gay Pride in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo shows.
Xavier Bettel and Gauthier Destenay got married on 15 May 2015, having been partnered since 2010. Ana Brnabić and Milica Đurđić are neither partners nor married because there is no legal basis for same-sex couples in Serbia. Milica Đurđić gave birth to a son on February 20, 2019. Ana Brnabić is not a legal parent because Serbia does not recognize same-sex parenthood.
By the way, what was the reason for this meeting between the Luxembourg and Serbian heads of government? The official reason was the football match between Luxembourg and Serbia, in which they were official spectators. Most importantly, however, on 9 September (the day after the casual photos of the two couples), Serbia’s accession to the European Union was discussed. In view of the media hype surrounding the photos of the two couples, however, the political dimension of the meeting seems more like an anecdote.