July 8, 2016 at 11:42 am EST | by Mariah Cooper
Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn blames Mormon church for gay youth suicides
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(Screenshot via Facebook)

Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn, who is gay and a former Mormon, called out Mormon church leaders for contributing to rising suicide rates among young LGBT Mormons in an emotional video posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

Glenn holds up photos of two young gay Mormon members who recently committed suicide before addressing the church leaders.

“I want you to say their names and remember their photos,” Glenn says in the video. “Russell Nelson and the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there is blood of your members of your hands. Please don’t let this be a summer of more gay suicides. Please make a space for your gay members. Please tell them they are OK and they’re made in the image of God and they’re not flawed. Please stop telling them that they are abnormal. Please, please, please, how many more? How many more?”

New Civil Rights Movement reports Utah’s suicide rate has almost tripled from 2007 to 2014. Glenn says in the last week five LGBT Mormons have taken their lives.

Glenn continued on to mention Nelson’s anti-gay policy, which barred children of same-sex couples from being blessed or baptized.

“Dear Russell Nelson, you spearheaded this policy in November, and you and your colleagues claim to speak directly to and for God. As his mouthpieces on this Earth today, you have yet to respond to the confusion, chaos and disruption that you have caused so many current and former members of your church, both queer and straight alike,” Glenn says.

“There is either no God, or God isn’t speaking to you,” Glenn continued. “Maybe it’s both, but you have a responsibility to speak to us.”

 

 

27 Comments
  • …and nobody cares. Stick to music. Nobody forces them to be Mormon, this joker clearly left.

    • Nobody cares?! Is that how how life is valued in this religion? What about, “the worth of souls is great?” What about, “as I have loved you love one another?” What about “mourn with those who mourn?”

      • No one is forcing them to stay Mormon. They can walk away very easily, nobody wants them to commit suicide. But nobody wants to hear the over inflated self important opinion of some apostate musician either.

        • Before you dismiss someone and their experience out-of-hand, you may want to listen to their story. He was a missionary, he loved the church, he believed in it. Does our love and compassion for someone end as soon as they walk out the door? Do we understand how excruciating that walk was? Do we have enough humility and curiosity to look at that pain and the conditions that caused it?

          • I still don’t blame the church my own problems or my own lousy choices. He shouldn’t blame the church for his choices or for the choices of a group he is a part of.

            No one is forcing these people to stay Mormon. I was out of the church for 10 years. I’ve been there. If the choice is between staying LDS or walking way to keep from killing yourself… choose life.

          • If the Church is supposedly causing you enough grief to commit suicide, then walk way. It’s that simple. There is nothing on this planet that should be worth more than you own life.

            A few years down the road, it might get better… things change with time and distance. If you are alive, things can get better. If your dead, they do not.

            It’s simple choice. Just walk away. Nobody is forcing them to stay in a situation that is causing them pain. Get over it.

          • I agree, there are some that maybe should walk. But that probably not an option for a 13 year-old kid who’s still in the closet. What is our responsibility to that kid?

          • Unfortunately, the Church is not in a position where they can help. Anything the Church does, short of changing doctrine to meet the expectations of the world, will be condemned.

            The world is convinced that there is nothing wrong with said 13 year old, other than the fact that he is in the closet. So there is going to be no way to get him the help he needs; without being called homophobes or haters or whatever, because the majority believe that there is nothing wrong with him.

            So sorry, but the kid is on his own. He will either find a way to live the way he has been raised to believe he should (like Josh Weed), or he will leave (like Tyler Glenn). Those are really the two options.

          • So you’re proposing we turn our back on these kids? What if this was your child? I think there is a lot the church can do. How about teaching parents to love their gay kids unconditionally. Telling the kids that they are needed, loved, valued, respected, and that they always have a place in the home and the church. That even if they don’t understand this complex issue, that their love for them isn’t contingent.

          • If the parents aren’t already doing that, then they shouldn’t have become parents. That should come with the role of Mom or Dad, no matter the child.

        • Mr Frederick. You can’t even see that you are part of the problem. Tyler Glenn is a very hurt and beautiful young man. Somebody should sit you down and break you open so that you can feel the pain. Somebody?

          • How compassionate. Thanks for re-enforcing my complete apathy.

          • I don’t know what this means. Maybe this is a cultural misunderstanding? If I go with that, then breaking you open in my country means allowing healing and understanding and compassion in? You don’t sound apathetic to me, you sound hostile to young people who can’t carry on in the community they were raised in because of the a attitudes of unkind and unChristlike people.

            Tyler, it is not your music that speaks to me. It is your struggle, your openness, your love for these boys who could do easily be you. Aluta Continua!

          • It’s not hostility. I’m not against these people.

            If the choice is between staying LDS or walking way to keep from killing yourself… choose life.

          • These choices – walking away, choosing life, what to do about doctrines and attitudes that put you outside of your group: these are not clear choices when you are a depressed teenager, or a depressed adult.

            ‘These people’ is a hostile statement. ‘Reinforcing my complete apathy’ – apathetic people don’t have the interest to take to the media to express really cold hearted opinions on the pain of others.

            I hope you become open to the possibility that you may have missed an opportunity to voice compassion for a tragic series of events, instead of just another defender of another church with no vision for its LGBTQ members and their families.

          • Whatever. I have the same vision Paul had when he addressed the Romans about LGBTQ members of the ancient church. Frankly, if there has been a change to the Christians world’s view, I missed the memo.

          • Yeah. That Paul. He said a lot of things. You stick around with Paul. You’ll be fine.

        • How is this not hostile? Cold, cold, brutal.

      • It’s how it is with nearly all religions.

  • Tyler Glenn is not blaming the church. He is BEGGING the church leaders to acknowledge what is happening in his community. Yes, his community. Or would you prefer to have his loving and supportive family throw him out like trash? You are so insensitive I can hardly believe it. And I am not gay. I am an elderly, grieving widow of a kind, LDS man.

  • You want equality and freedom, stop hanging out with religionists.

  • We should all be sorry about suicide. These victims are all children of God and deserve love and respect. If those who have same-sex attraction feelings will consult mormonsandgays.org, they can find good guidance as to what to do.

  • really, in what way?

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