This article was published on September 16th, 2014
It seems it has to be headline news when public figures come out and admit they are openly gay. It happens in sports, music, entertainment, and politics. Yes, they are role models, but what a person does behind their closed bedroom door is their business. Unless you work in the gay porn industry, but then that goes without saying.
This past April, lead singer, Tyler Glenn, of the hit American rock band, Neon Trees, came out through an interview in the Rolling Stones. The alternative rock singer and keyboardist had known since he was young that he was gay.
One of Tyler’s challenges was growing up in a religious household. His family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints. This clearly has impact and influence on his coming out. However, after coming out, Tyler is still faithful and respects his religious beliefs.
Before coming out, Tyler had a girlfriend. He also experimented with both drugs and alcohol. Today, he’s a much different person. He uses music to creatively express himself, he’s true to himself, and reportedly no longer uses substances including drugs or alcohol.
When performing, Tyler speaks openly about his homosexuality. He’s proud of who he is and it’s reflective in his attitude both on and off the stage.
There is no doubt that Tyler’s coming out inspires many other up-and-coming LGBT artists including Jeffery Straker, Tyrell Witherspoon, Levis Kreis, and DJ Pornstar, and help boost their careers in the music industry by raising the profile of gay artists in mainstream music.