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.”