Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, comes out as gay and has a very important message for the LGBT youth in the world and especially in his home state of Utah. He was first thrust into the public eye in 2002 when his 14-year-old daughter was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a home for the Mormon Church and the Smarts were the Mormon family. But as Ed started to live as an openly gay man in August this year, he had to leave the church. “In my situation, I felt that being gay was something that was not acceptable, it was something that I didn’t want,” he said at a LGBT+ youth conference in Lehi, Utah, remembering how he struggled with his attraction to boys when he was a teen, how he tried to ‘fit in’, so married a woman who was amazing, but he was unable to give her love she deserved. His children are still Mormons and he does not want them to reject what they believe in because of him. “There are parts of me that hurt really bad because of what it has done to [my ex-wife] Lois and the pressure that it may carry for my children,” Smart concluded.