SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart will speak publicly for the first time since coming out as gay at a LGBTQ youth conference.
KUTV reported Monday that Ed Smart has been announced as a featured speaker at the third annual Encircle Summit in December in Lehi.
The elder Smart says that he wants to convey a message of “hope and safety in taking the step to authenticity.”
Organizers of the Dec. 7 summit say his speech could be impactful.
Ed Smart revealed he was homosexual in a Facebook post in August.
He has frequently been in the public eye since a 14-year-old Elizabeth was taken from their Salt Lake City home in 2002.
She was found nine months later.
Father and daughter have been advocates for kidnapped children.
Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/