Tyler Glenn criticizes Mormon Church's policy of ousting gays in new video

Tue. May 3, 2016 8:09 AM by OnTopMag.com

In his solo debut single, out singer Tyler Glenn criticizes a Mormon Church policy that targets gays and their children.

In the video for Trash, Glenn, frontman for the Utah-based alternative rock band Neon Trees, sings, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," surrounded by altered portraits of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Mormon Church last year said that it considers gay married Mormons apostates, which could lead to excommunication, and barred the children of parents in gay relationships from joining the Mormon Church until they turn 18, and then only if they disavow same-sex relationships.

Glenn, who came out with the tweet, "I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star," told Rolling Stone that the policy was a turning point for him.

"My entire life and perspective on God, the afterlife, morals and values, my self-worth and my born sexual orientation has been wired within the framework of this religion that doesn't have a place for me," Glenn said. "I served [this church]. I was the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I believed it still six months ago."

"I always tried to make being gay and being Mormon work."

"The big problem here is that they claim it's the only truth. There have been over 40 suicides within the church as a result of this policy. These aren't just grown men and women. Many are children. It's backwards. It's not of God. I needed to make this statement to artfully show the pain of a faith crisis and the darkness of doubt, but also that there's ways to reclaim what is yours," Glenn added.

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