Out musician Tyler Glenn, lead singer of pop-alternative band Neon Trees, denounced his Mormon faith in the music video for his solo single “Trash.”
Glenn had been both Mormon and openly gay since coming out in 2014, but when the church announced in November people in same-sex relationships could be excommunicated and their children could not be baptized until age 18, his views drastically changed.
In the video, Glenn drinks alcohol and sings the lyrics “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” in an abandoned building. On the wall is a portrait of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints founder Joseph Smith that Glenn sings at in anger.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer explained his change of heart.
“My entire life and perspective on God, the afterlife, morals and values, my self-worth and my born sexual orientation has been wired within the framework of this religion that doesn’t have a place for me,” Glenn told Rolling Stone.
“I served [this church]. I was the square peg trying to fit into the round hole. I believed it till six months ago,” Glenn continued.