Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn happy to be a gay Mormon role model

Glenn has spoken about the support he received from the Mormon community when he came out as gay last month

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn happy to be a gay Mormon role model
26 April 2014

Recently out gay singer Tyler Glenn, of US rock band Neon Trees, has spoken about the effect his coming out had on the Mormon community.

Glenn came out in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last month, and spoke in a recent interview about the effect it had.

‘I was surprised at how many Mormon Church leaders wrote me messages saying, ’This is great that you’re doing this.’ That really was cool’ he said.

‘On the level of being a role model for kids or LGBT Mormon youth, I’m totally down because I come from that background and I would be able to speak to them honestly.’

Glenn’s coming out also made waves because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which helped fund the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in 2008 which banned gay marriage.

‘It’s terrible some of the things that have been said by church leaders’ he said.

‘but I also feel like there’s a lot of strides that have been made even since the Prop 8 debacle years ago.’

Glenn continues to uphold his religious beliefs and is one of the few openly LGBTI Mormons.

‘I consider myself Mormon, I believe in Mormonism, I believe in the Book of Mormon and I try to follow the teachings … I don’t always attend church on Sunday, but I wasn’t going to throw away my faith’ he said.

When news of his coming out began to circulate last month, Glenn tweeted a positive message about his sexuality and his religion.

‘Yes. I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star. I don’t know what it all means, but I’m ok with it’ he said.



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