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Although Glenn says he knew he was gay since he was a child, he kept his sexuality secret for many years because of his Mormon religion's conservative views about homosexuality."I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he admits."Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world." More out and proud celebrities The singer says he started telling people in October 2013 as he was finishing penning songs for Neon Trees' third album, .Many of the songs deal with Glenn's years in the closet.
Had you been working on solo material prior to that?
So instead of making a Trees album that sounded completely different from the band, it was interesting to me to do something on my own and it could sound different and that would be ok.
It was really important to have a different sound and put my name on it and make it separate.
Why do you think it took you so long to grapple with these questions of religion and sexuality?
I knew from a very young age that I was gay, but I was told that it was something that I could either pray away, that I could repair, or that it was sort of a challenge that was given to me from God that I could overcome. At the time, the Neon Trees frontman spoke about reconciling his Mormon faith with his sexuality, but that all went out the window when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ updated its policies last year declaring legally married same-sex couples apostates of the church and barring their children from being blessed and baptized until they turn 18 and reject homosexuality. He’s since left the church, funneling his rage into a new solo album, Was it important to differentiate this album’s sound from Neon Trees’?