Neon Trees singer comes out as gay

Tue. March 25, 2014 8:49 AM by News Staff

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Tyler Glenn, the lead singer for Neon Trees, reveals he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone on newsstands Friday.

"I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he told the magazine.

Glenn, who grew up Mormon, said he didn't come out to close friends and family members until October 2013, when he was working on songs for his band's upcoming LP, Pop Psychology.

"I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," the 30-year-old singer said. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."

Glenn said that seeing others come out publicly in recent months inspired him to do the same.

"I really love all of the sports figures that are coming out recently," Glenn told RS. "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.'"

Read the Rolling Stone article