In 2014, Tyler Glenn came out. Known for his role as Neon Trees’ charismatic frontman, he was suddenly thrust into an entirely different kind of limelight: being an openly gay Mormon.
Despite The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ previous progressive views on LGBT members, they recently announced that marrying a person of the same sex would be grounds for excommunication. More than thirty young LGBT Mormons have reportedly committed suicide as a result of these policy changes.
Before coming out, Glenn himself had contemplated ending his life.
Despite his past hopes to be an ambassador for LGBT Mormons, the recent changes have made that impossible. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he stated, “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 fights back with his new single, “Trash,” and it’s a far cry from the light-hearted dance pop we are used to hearing from him. Even the most solemn of Neon Trees songs lack the darkness and bite of this single. It’s born of a man rewriting his identity, and it serves as a beacon of hope for those suffering while trying to find a balance between their faith and who they are.
One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure, and Tyler Glenn is definitely a treasure in our eyes.
Listen to “Trash” below, and if you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to support Glenn’s first solo appearance on Monday the 9th at the Fonda Theatre.