Tyler Glenn Is Your New Gay Indie Heartthrob

The lead singer of the Neon Trees just came out in a feature for Rolling Stone magazine.

1. This is Tyler Glenn, the new owner of your heart.

2. Tyler is the lead singer of the pop band Neon Trees.

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3. Tyler recently came out as gay in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. He says he stayed in the closet for a long time because he was raised Mormon.

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4. Tyler posted a letter to his Facebook last night explaining his decision to come out.

I don’t think I’m special for being a gay man. That’s not why I came out. I didn’t come out so all of you could say “i knew it” based on the clothes I wear or the way I dance. I never even thought I’d have to come out.
I’d be the 50 yr old living with dogs hiding my relationships living on a beach somewhere. Maybe then i’d be comfortable with it. But it was last summer, writing songs for the new album, being so fed up with “hiding” and being so ready to be “free” that I poured my heart out into music more than I’d ever had before. Music indeed was my first love. Not a boy. It was music that I had always had a torrid love affair with. I felt I owed him, the music, or her, the song. I had to be honest with that relationship.
It was the moment I let myself write about the years spent in falling for my straight friend or the song I let myself write about thinking it was ok to be alone forever because it was better than explaining myself. It was those truths that came out before I decided to. You can’t hide away forever. I don’t think i was even trying. But music never let me lie. Something always would come out in the songs.
So now you know what you may have always assumed. Good for you. How does it feel? Do you want a “gaydar” award? Do you want to be pat on the back because you can “spot them”?
It is not news. It is not meant to be salacious. Until you know what it’s like to hide, to keep away true happiness out of fear. That’s when you truly understand what it’s like. It’s not about coming out to wave a flag in another’s face. At least it’s not for me. For me its about finding the purist of peace. The absolute settling of my soul. The clearest vision of the road I want to take.
I’m 30. I don’t want to die anymore. I want to really live. Honestly, and fully. What an amazing place to be. For me it was a place I never cared about. Now all I want is to be honest.
That’s what this whole “coming out” thing is for me. It’s been quite a real and beautiful day to have so much compassion and love coming from strangers, fans that have been there since the beginning, new fans, family, friends. For someone like me, the eternal self deprecator, i just want to say thank you.
I guess the last thing I want to say tonight and for now is if you’re like me, a wanderer, a questioner, a soul searcher, a dreamer, or misunderstood for any reason at all: Come out.
Come out as a wanderer. Come out as a questioner. One day it wont matter. But it still does. Come out as YOU. That’s all I really can say. That’s what i’d say to me at 21, the scared return mormon missionary who knew this part of himself but loved God too. You can do both. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t.
All my love and hope, and for now, back to the music.
XO Your friend, Tyler.

5. After a preview of his coming out interview was published yesterday, Tyler tweeted his feelings.

6. His letter is just one of the many reasons why he’s the best heartthrob in the world. Let’s count the ways…

7. His adorableness at any given moment.

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8. Tyler was even adorable in 7th grade.

9. He should be invited to every brunch for the rest of time.

10. His sexy intensity.

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11. His fiiiine tan self.

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12. Tyler dances and makes everyone die of happiness…

13. …like when he dances with T. Swift…

14. …and jives like a BOSS…

15. …and air drums with all of his heart…

16. …and brings it around town.

19. Tyler really could just stand still and still be amazing though.

20. His fashion sense is on point.

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21. He’s funny all the time…

22. …even when he’s sleepy…


23. …or he has to pee.

24. Tyler’s hair. I don’t even know what to say. This is too amazing.

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25. Tyler’s ability to make anyone swoon on Twitter…

The last thing I wanna die from is a broken heart.

— Tyler Glenn (@tylerinacoma)

26. …or think about their life choices…

Stay with what’s pristine and touches you

— Tyler Glenn (@tylerinacoma)

27. …or get jealous of his cool life.

Met Adam Levine for the first time tonight. I was flossing, he was eating tomato soup. Start of a beautiful friendship.

— Tyler Glenn (@tylerinacoma)

29. His intimacy.

“Do I have anything in my teeth?”

30. Everyone wants to get tea with him and his perfect face.

31. Tyler would be fun to celebrate the holidays with…

32. …and then get a little schwasty with on New Year’s.

33. His vocal tones that melt our souls.


34. Tyler even sings when he walks. Like, I’m dying.

35. And he sings in the car to his own songs because he’s adorable.

37. Really Tyler’s just perfect in every way.

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