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Tyler Glenn sings about his ‘violent relationship’ with Mormonism in solo debut

Tyler Glenn sings about his ‘violent relationship’ with Mormonism in solo debut

Tyler Glenn

Tyler Glenn, lead singer of popular pop-rock band, Neon Trees, has come up with a new solo single called ‘Trash’ to describe the struggles he faces as a gay Mormon.

Back in 2014, Glenn came out as gay, but maintained that he wasn’t going to give up on his Mormon faith. He added that he hoped to be role model for LGBTI Mormon youths, even though being openly gay wasn’t something accepted by the church.

However, in the music video for his new song ‘Trash,’ the 32-year-old is seen taking a bold stand against the Mormon Church. He is seen drinking straight from a liquor bottle, though alcohol is forbidden by the religion. There are also moments of Glenn dancing to altered portraits of the church’s founder, Joseph Smith.

‘Maybe I’ll see you in hell,’ Glenn sings in the chorus. ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’

Glenn tells Rolling Stone that the song’s lyrics mean to reflect a ‘violent relationship’ existing between his faith and his sexuality. He adds that they unveil the self-loathing he felt upon hearing the Mormon church’s ban of LGBTQ members last year.

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His performance in the video depicts the frustration and anger that mirror his troubled relationship with his religion.

‘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 describes to Rolling Stone.

‘I served [this church]. I was the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I believed it till six months ago.’

Talking about the suicides that are happening in the church because of the confirmation that members who participated in same-sex relationships will be excommunicated, Glenn hopes that people will find a middle ground to reconcile their differences:

‘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 also shares that a full solo album is on its way, and he hopes to use it to address this faith-sexuality crisis, but through a lens of ‘celebration.’

H/t: Rolling Stone