Xavier Bettel and Ana Brnabić posed recently with their partners ahead of a state visit to discuss Serbia’s proposed accession to the EU.
It’s one of the first times that two openly LGBTQ world leaders have joined forces, following an earlier summit in Belgrade and Bettel’s meeting with Irishman Leo Varadkar in June.
Bettel became Luxembourg’s first (and only the world’s third) openly gay prime minister in 2013. He married architect Gauthier Destenay in May 2015, shortly after his government introduced marriage equality.
But Brnabić said she did not want to be branded as a “gay PM” rather she wants to be known for her
“competence, professionalism and trustworthiness”.
“In April, the UN Human Rights Committee urged Serbia to implement hate crime legislation effectively, and to introduce a procedure for legal gender recognition compatible with international standards.”
Brnabić’s partner Milica Djurdjic gave birth to the couple’s first child in February.
The LGBTQ community was quick to celebrate the “historic” pic.
This normal looking photo is an historic first: the gay prime minister of Luxembourg and his husband meeting with the lesbian prime minister of Serbia and her girlfriend.— Benjamin Butterworth (@benjaminbutter) September 10, 2019
Progress often seems far too slow. But it’s real, and it’s worth celebrating 🌈 pic.twitter.com/yIfv5Kyt0d
(Photo, Twitter; via Pink News)