COMING OUT OF THE DARK
Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn on resisting suicide, losing his religion and being ‘unapologetically’ gay
By CHRIS AZZOPARDI
“To be honest…” Tyler Glenn begins, following a telling deep breath.
Glenn’s lead-in could serve as the prologue to his new no-holds-barred solo debut album, “Excommunication.” Here, however, it precedes the heavy moment when Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees, reveals he’s considered suicide twice this year.
Perhaps that comes as a surprise. The singer seemed vibrant and hopeful when he came out in 2014. At the time, Glenn was looking to reconcile his Mormon faith with being gay, and during our talk that same year he said, “I think that there’s a time and a place to come out, and I don’t know if waiting till I was 30 was the best thing, but it definitely has turned out fine, and I’m a happy person.”