Neon Trees Singer Tyler Glenn Comes Out As Gay

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Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn is coming out to the public via a Rolling Stone article, the magazine announced Monday.

The 30-year-old admits that he kept his sexuality a secret, and didn't come to terms with it completely until the past decade. "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he says. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."



He began sharing his sexual orientation with family and friends in October 2013, as he was polishing songs of the band's upcoming release, "Pop Psychology," which touches on his years in secrecy.

The Utah singer grew up in the Mormon faith, which is against homosexuality and actively spent approximately $22 million to fight gay marriage in California in 2008. "We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance,'" he says of the religion. "The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up."

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A longer version of this story first appeared on THR.com.