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OTRC: Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, comes out as gay

Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, appears at the 2012 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 18, 2012. (Kyle Rover / startraksphoto.com)

Tyler Glenn of the pop group Neon Trees revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine that he is gay.

This is the first time Glenn has made public affirmation of his sexual orientation, saying on his official Twitter account on March 24 that he is the happiest "little weirdo" that he's been in his entire life since breaking the news.

"I have a lot to say, and a lot more I do say in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine," Glenn tweeted. "But all I can say right now is I'm the happiest lil weirdo I've been in my whole entire life. Thank you for the support and love. XT"

"Yes. I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star. I don't know what it all means, but I'm ok with it," he continued.

In the magazine, on newsstands March 28, Glenn goes into detail about how keeping his sexuality a secret ate away at him and how the Mormon church he grew up in feels about homosexuality.

"I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," Glenn said to Rolling Stone. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."

"We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance,'" Glenn said of the Mormon church's view on homosexuality. "The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up."

Glenn is the lead singer of the pop group Neon Trees, who are perhaps best known for the songs "Animal," "Everybody Talks" and their current single "Sleeping with a Friend." They have toured with several artists over the years, including as opening acts for Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift.

(Pictured: Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, appears at the 2012 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 18, 2012.)

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