Neon Trees Singer Comes Out as 'Healthy Mormon Gay Pop Star'

Neon Trees Tyler GlennYou may not know the name Tyler Glenn (yet), but chances are you've heard his voice. Tyler is the lead singer of a little band called Neon Trees, and they had a smash hit a couple of years ago called "Everybody Talks."

You're singing it in your head right now, admit it! Just me? OK, never mind. Anyway, the 30-year-old frontman is making headlines again -- this time for opening up to Rolling Stone magazine about his sexuality and his upbringing in the Mormon church.


Apparently, Tyler identifies as both gay and as a member of the LDS community. He says that even though he's always felt like an "open book," it wasn't until late 2013 that he started coming out to his loved ones.

"I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he revealed. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."

He said that he was especially inspired to be honest about his romantic inclinations by "all of the sports figures that are coming out recently." He said, "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.'"

Yet he still identifies as Mormon, while the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has famously condemned homosexuality. How does he reconcile it?

He tweeted on Monday, "All I can say right now is I'm the happiest lil weirdo I've been in my whole entire life. Thank you for the support and love ... 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."

Are you inspired by the unlikely people coming out of the closet recently?


Image via Tyler Glenn/Facebook

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