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Is Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn the First Mormon, Out and Proud Rock Star?

Tyler Glenn, the sleek, bleached-blond frontman for Neon Trees, says he “didn’t intend it to be a headline.” The “it,” of course, is what became the angle of his April interview with Rolling Stone: Glenn, at age 30, finally revealed that he’s gay. This is the kind of thing that should, in 2014, be met with a yawn—but in Glenn’s case, there’s a tiny twist that renders this still noteworthy. He—and the rest of his bands—are all devout Mormons. And even though the Church of Latter Day Saints rarely acknowledges the existence of gay members, Glenn still proudly proclaims his church affiliation and faith onstage most nights of the band’s current tour.

And the past two months have been a media whirlwind, with nearly every interview with Glenn focusing on this fact. But he doesn’t seem tired of it. And, in fact, when we caught up with him recently to chat, he steered the conversation to the topic himself. What started out as a chat about the shiny New Wave inflections of the group’s latest album, Pop Psychology, turned into a dive into Glenn’s own personal psychology. Check out the video above to see what he had to say.

Is Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn the First Mormon, Out and Proud Rock Star?

Tyler Glenn, the sleek, bleached-blond frontman for Neon Trees, says he “didn’t intend it to be a headline.” The “it,” of course, is what became the angle of his April interview with Rolling Stone: Glenn, at age 30, finally revealed that he’s gay. This is the kind of thing that should, in 2014, be met with a yawn—but in Glenn’s case, there’s a tiny twist that renders this still noteworthy. He—and the rest of his bands—are all devout Mormons. And even though the Church of Latter Day Saints rarely acknowledges the existence of gay members, Glenn still proudly proclaims his church affiliation and faith onstage most nights of the band’s current tour.

And the past two months have been a media whirlwind, with nearly every interview with Glenn focusing on this fact. But he doesn’t seem tired of it. And, in fact, when we caught up with him recently to chat, he steered the conversation to the topic himself. What started out as a chat about the shiny New Wave inflections of the group’s latest album, Pop Psychology, turned into a dive into Glenn’s own personal psychology. Check out the video above to see what he had to say.

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