March 24, 2014


Neon Trees' Frontman Tyler Glenn Comes Out

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In a new interview with Rolling StoneNeon Trees' frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay. 

"I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," the singer told the magazine. 

The "Everybody Talks" singer spoke candidly about his lifetime in the closet, divulging he knew he was gay since adolescence: "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties. Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world." 

Glenn practices Mormonism, a conservative religion, which complicates his openness to homosexuality. "We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance,'" the singer admitted. "The only time that I felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up," Glenn said, referring to the year his church spent nearly $22 million fighting same-sex marriage legislation. 

After the RS story hit, Glenn summed it up nicely with this tweet: "Yes. I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star. I don't know what it all means, but I'm ok with it."

We recently spoke with Glenn and he told us about Neon Trees' latest single "Sleeping With a Friend," why their upcoming album is titled Pop Psychology and which dinosaur he'd love to travel back in time and meet.