Tyler Glenn, the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Neon Trees, has come out as gay.
In an interview in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, Glenn — a life-long Mormon from Provo, Utah — speaks candidly about his first gay experiences, his band’s reaction to his coming out and his complicated relationship with his conservative religion.
Article continues below“We were always taught, and I hate this word, ‘tolerance,'” he says, regarding his church’s stance on homosexuality. “The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up,” he says, referring to when the Mormon Church spent an estimated $22 million fighting same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
Glenn says he started coming out to close friends and family members in October as he was finishing up writing songs for Neon Trees’ upcoming third album, Pop Psychology, many of which address his years in the closet.
The full feature on Glenn appears on RollingStone.com on Tuesday, March 25.