Tyler Glenn, lead singer of the New Wave-pop group Neon Trees has revealed he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone. As the new issue is set to hit stands Friday, March 28, Rollingstone.com previewed Glenn's coming out story on March 24.
In the interview Glenn confesses that he has known he was gay all of his life, but kept his sexuality secret mostly because of his religion and upbringing. The lead singer explains that being Mormon all his life made prevented him from being the open book he is now.
"I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he says in the interview.
Then he goes on to talk about his first gay experiences and his band's reaction to him coming out as gay. His story about the inner conflict he experienced growing up is similar to most LGBT youth who fear they won't be accepted, but for Glenn the conflict was even deeper because of the teachings of his church.
"We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance.' The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up," he says in the interview in reference to the $22 million the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent in opposition of same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
Tyler Glenn started to come out to close friends in the fall of 2013 but says his inspiration was drawn from the various men and women who have come out publicly over the last few years, including NFL prospect Michael Sam whose story resonated with him.
In the interview due to hit stands Friday, Glenn also discusses reaction from family members as well as his thoughts on straight artists taking on the rolls of spokespeople for the gay community.