In March 2014, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn came out as gay in a Rolling Stone interview, opening up about being raised Mormon and watching his childhood church fight against marriage equality during the Prop 8 battle in California. Now, just over a year later, he is celebrating as gay marriage is officially legal in all 50 states, thanks to Friday’s (June 26) Supreme Court ruling.
Below, Glenn shares his exclusive thoughts on the major milestone:
My boyfriend texted me the a screenshot of the news this morning. I was still waking up and part of me immediately thought, “Um, is this a marriage proposal? It’s only been 5 months.”
Then I let the news sink in, and I thought of me in 2008 (6 years before I’d come out) sitting in a theater watching a matinee of Milk.
I thought of how integral Harvey Milk was in effecting my own story, and the true crusade towards equality. I thought how now many couples don’t have to be as scared or afraid anymore. I began to cry, for the couples that can legally and lawfully say they’re married, without fear.
This is truly a momentous day, a celebratory day. Not just for me or for us, but for humanity.