In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Tyler Glenn, lead singer of the pop-dance band Neon Trees has come out as gay.
The lead singer of the Provo, UT based quartet told RS he’s known about his sexuality since he was young, but he kept it a secret until now.
“I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties,” 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.
A life-long practicing mormon, Glenn said he took inspiration from NFL Hopeful Michael Sam’s coming out earlier this year.
“I really love all of the sports figures that are coming out recently… I appreciated 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 entire interview when the new Issue of Rolling Stone hits stands this Friday. Check out Neon Tree’s most recent video for “Sleeping with a Friend” off their new album Pop Psychology and check them out when they come to The National here in RVA on 5/20.