Sloan-Hendrix alum says he was uninvited to speak

IMBODEN, Ark. (AP) - A 1990 Sloan-Hendrix High School graduate who is now a television producer in Los Angeles says an invitation for him to speak at the school's graduation ceremony was rescinded because he's gay.

Bryant Huddleston says in a letter to the school that was obtained by The Jonesboro Sun ( ) that he's disappointed and that Superintendent Mitch Walton chose to make him "a hotbed controversial issue." Walton would not say why Huddleston isn't speaking -but said several of the five school board members were against it. He would not identify those who were opposed.

The board president is Steve Huddleston - Bryant Huddleston's father. Steve Huddleston says he plans to resign at the end of the school year after his daughter's graduation. Efforts to reach other board members were unsuccessful.

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