Ed Smart to speak for first time about coming out at summit

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Ed Smart to speak for first time about coming out at summit

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.

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Information from: KUTV-TV, http://www.kutv.com/

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