Nicholas Sparks Apologizes, After Emails Published

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Nicholas Sparks, the writer known for such works as “A Walk to Remember,” “The Best of Me,” and “The Notebook,” has quickly changed his tale regarding accusations of discrimination towards the LGBT community. While previously denying accusations that he demanded an LGBT club be banned from a Christian school he co-founded, he has now begun apologizing for being “unresponsive to the needs of the LGBTQ or any other minority community.” This comes on the heels of the Daily Beast publishing en email exchange between Sparks and Epiphany School of Global Studies’ headmaster, Saul Benjamin, where Sparks accuses Benjamin of pushing “agenda that strives to make homosexuality open and accepted.” He also said that “there will never be an LGBT club” at the school, but claims this was a phrase used in relation to how the headmaster was going about establishing the club, though using the word “never” doesn’t exactly leave much room for discussion. Sparks is facing backlash from members and supporters of the LGBTQ community, and is vehemently trying to voice his support for gay marriage, adoption, and employment rights. Even with his longer explanation, reading the emails show that he has not been supportive of the LGBTQ community, especially the students at Epiphany School of Global Studies.