Karl Rove Mum About Gay, Pierced Dad

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Monday March 8, 2010

Karl Rove is credited with being the brains behind President George W. Bush's presidency, and reputed to be a ruthless, brilliant political tactician with no qualms about offering up gays and lesbians in order to gain a political edge.

What is lesser known is that Rove's stepfather was a gay man, a prominent member of the piercing community, whose own body was heavily embellished with gold piercings.

Rove and his brother learned relatively late in life that Louis Rove, the man they regarded as their father, was their mother's second husband, and their step-parent; after his divorce from Rove's mother, Louis came out as gay, according to a Wikipedia article on Karl Rove. Louis Rove was also part of the body piercing set, according to am Aug. 16, 2007 essay at BMEzine.com.

BMEzine publisher Shannon Larrat told BoingBoing.net about the essay, and said, "Karl Rove's father was not only gay, but a part of the early body piercing scene and a regular at 70s piercing parties."

None of that seems to have mattered to Karl Rove, however, and the political operative evidently has little to say on the matter. A March 7 Washington Post review of his Rove's memoir Courage and Consequence quotes the former Bush advisor as follows: "To this day, I have no idea if my father was gay. And, frankly, I don't care. He was my father, with whom I had a wonderful relationship and whom I loved deeply."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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