COM­ING OUT OF THE DARK

Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn on re­sist­ing sui­cide, los­ing his re­li­gion and be­ing ‘un­apolo­get­i­cally’ gay

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

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.”

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