"I'm the happiest lil weirdo i've been in my whole entire life. I don't know what it all means, but I'm ok with it."He later explained why he decided to come out via the iconic magazine in a lengthy Facebook post, writing, "I don't think I'm special for being a gay man. I didn't come out so all of you could say 'i knew it' based on the clothes I wear or the way I dance. It was music that I had always had a torrid love affair with. I had to be honest with that relationship.""It was the moment I let myself write about the years spent in falling for my straight friend or the song I let myself write about thinking it was ok to be alone forever because it was better than explaining myself. This past March, Neon Trees vocalist Tyler Glenn was on a plane when, out of nowhere, he began to sob uncontrollably — but not from fear of flying, or even any particular sadness.Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn isn't quite sure how to describe his brand of Mormonism.Unlike, say, Catholicism or Judaism, where people sometimes identify as a member of the faith without actively participating, Mormonism tends to be more in-or-out. He might not attend church weekly, but Glenn, who served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, identifies as Mormon, as do the other members of the band. "A lot of people reached out."Among those who sent messages were local church leaders.
The “Tightrope” singer was wheeled onto the stage with an upright dolly before she exploded into song.On April 28, 2016, Glenn released his debut single as a solo artist, the electro pop single "Trash." The video for the song was premiered on Rolling Stone the next day.In the video, Glenn is seen drinking from a bottle of alcohol, spitting on an altered image of Joseph Smith, making the LDS church's temple tokens with his hands, and painting a red 'X' on his face.He also came out as gay in an article in Rolling Stone in March, something not typically viewed as compatible with the faith."I'm a dude that's fighting between both identities," he told Buzz Feed. One stake president told him, "This is a good thing you're doing." Old mission companions also messaged him, including some who have also come out as gay since their missions. The article was posted on his mission's Facebook wall, and "there was a lot of negative comments," he said. Some strangers sent him messages saying he couldn't be both Mormon and gay."I think there are a lot of gay people in all religions that feel that they don't have a voice," he said."The most negativity I got was atheists being mad I still had faith in my church." Glenn grew up in Temecula, Calif., a suburban town about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, and was raised Mormon.In 2014, Glenn was featured as lead vocalist on "Born to Run," a song on Afrojack's debut studio album, Forget the World.