But, perched on a black sectional couch in his living room, Glenn says that he still identifies as a Mormon.Watch Neon Trees Discuss Their Roots"I don't know what the rumors are, but we're not taught that 'homos are going to hell' on Sunday in church," he says."I think I felt worse about masturbating than drinking," he admits.He had a girlfriend and says he was "in love with her, as far as I knew."When he left high school, Glenn did something that surprised even his parents: He announced he was doubling down on Mormonism and going on a two-year mission to convert people to the faith.In five weeks, Provo – an 88 percent Mormon town, in which rock clubs don't sell alcohol, only soda – will get the news, along with the rest of the world, that Glenn has been quietly sharing with friends and family for a couple of months: He's gay, has known he's gay since he was six years old and has been living a closeted life for decades that choked his spirit and threatened his sanity.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially calls gay sex a "serious transgression" – the same category in which it puts rape, murder and theft – and spent an estimated million fighting LGBT rights in California in the battle over Proposition 8.Before he left for Nebraska, Glenn had gotten amped about continuing to write songs with Allen, who he says was "my other half," musically.
The second of four children born to a stay-at-home mom and a dad who sold medical devices, Glenn grew up loving pop stars like Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul and taking ballet classes.
Like Glenn, the other three members of Neon Trees were raised Mormon.
And while the band has no overt religious affiliation, it credits the Church of Latter-day Saints' strict ordinances against drinking and drugs – which the members have adopted as band rules – with helping its rise.
"Mostly it's just about Christ and his teachings." Glenn lives about 15 minutes outside of town in a cookie-cutter three-bedroom rental, where he spends most of his time either cooking or watching TV.
(He also doesn't drive.) He has decorated the walls with eyeballs, skulls and a life-size cutout of a naked Morrissey (with a 45 record covering his arsenal).