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

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, expresses his frustration with the release of Wanda Barzee from Utah State Prison in Drape on Wed. Sept. 19, 2018, as her 15-year prison sentence expired. Barzee was convicted for her role in kidnapping Smart's daughter Elizabeth.

The father of Utah kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart will speak publicly for the first time since coming out as gay at an 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 talked to The Salt Lake Tribune a day later about why he decided to come out.

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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