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Neon Trees singer comes out as gay

By Caryn Ganz, Rolling Stone
updated 6:03 PM EDT, Mon March 24, 2014
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn reveals he's gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone
  • Glenn speaks candidly about his first gay experiences and his band's reaction to his coming out
  • Glenn tells the magazine he's known his orientation since he was a young child

(RS.com) -- Tyler Glenn — lead singer for Provo, Utah New Wave-pop quartet Neon Trees and a Mormon his entire life — reveals he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, March 28).

"I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he tells the magazin Caryn Ganz.

But he is now: Glenn speaks candidly about his first gay experiences, his band's reaction to his coming out and his complicated relationship with his conservative religion.

Artist of the Week: Neon Trees

Glenn says he's known he was gay since he was a young child, but kept his sexuality a secret — until now. "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my 20s," he admits. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."

"We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance,'" he says, regarding his church's stance on homosexuality, which is notoriously fraught. "The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up," he says, referring to when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent an estimated $22 million fighting same-sex marriage in California in 2008.

Neon Trees talk about wanting to always sound like Neon Trees

Glenn started to tell close friends and family members his big news in October 2013, as he was finishing up writing songs for Neon Trees' upcoming third LP, "Pop Psychology," many of which address his years in the closet.

Today, he's inspired by the variety of men and women from all corners of pop culture who have been coming out publicly, especially athletes facing high stakes.

"I really love all of the sports figures that are coming out recently," he says. "I appreciated (that) Michael Sam was like, 'I want to be able to go to the movies and hold hands with my boyfriend.' Even hearing him say 'boyfriend,' I was just like, that's cool."

Read the full story for reaction from Glenn's Neon Trees bandmates and his mother, plus Glenn's take on straight artists acting as the gay community's spokespeople and his explanation of the events that led to his big coming out.

See the original story at RollingStone.com.

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