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German Delegation to China Includes Gay Foreign Minister's Partner


Here's a sight you don't see very often. It's a photograph of Germany's new gay foreign minister Guido Westerwelle and the delegation he brought with him on a trip to meet with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Westerwelle is in the middle with the purple tie. To his right is his partner, Michael Mronz (a marketing executive working in the private sector).

Shanghaiist reports: "Xinhua's report on Westerwelle's visit was unsurprisingly silent on the surprise appearance by Mronz, going so far as to say that Westerwelle was' accompanied by a number of German parliamentarians and a business delegation'."

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  1. Guess we're just like the Chinese after all, since our government ignores our existence, too.

    Posted by: Tim | Jan 29, 2010 9:41:53 AM

  2. His partner is CUTE!

    Posted by: MT | Jan 29, 2010 9:56:22 AM

  3. Too bad Westerwelle's party is such a cockup in the government. I'm glad I am a US citizen and wasn't allowed to vote for them in the last election like I would have, because I'd be embarrassed now. At least Mronz is hot.

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 29, 2010 10:01:03 AM

  4. Although I'm not a fan of the FDP, I must say: GO GERMANY!

    Posted by: architect in berlin | Jan 29, 2010 10:46:12 AM

  5. A lot of photos of the visit here. Not important you may not understand chinese characters. The first photo shows his partner shaking hands with the chinese premier.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 29, 2010 10:54:54 AM

  6. Well it looks like one website didn't shy away from it then. The translated captions from the above mentioned site include:

    "Same-sex couples arrived at Beijing Airport, together with off the plane."
    "Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shook hands with the same-sex couple"

    Posted by: Mike C. | Jan 29, 2010 12:01:22 PM

  7. they've been traveling across asia for the past few days. it'd be interesting to compare the host countries' reactions...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Jan 29, 2010 3:29:23 PM

  8. Would you really leave such an attractive husband at home ?!

    Posted by: jaragon | Jan 29, 2010 5:59:40 PM

  9. they look like father and son a little. but good for him getting a younger and very hot boyfriend and not hiding it. enough with the hiding.

    Posted by: lola | Jan 29, 2010 11:26:48 PM

  10. They aren't that many years apart. Westerwelle is 48, Mronz is 43.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 30, 2010 12:46:36 PM

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