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Tyler Glenn, Neon Trees Frontman, Addresses Critics After Coming Out As Gay

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Singer Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees visits the SiriusXM Studios on March 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) | Cindy Ord via Getty Images

Tyler Glenn has already been praised as a "gay indie heartthrob" after coming out in a Rolling Stone interview earlier this week.

Now, however, the Neon Trees frontman is speaking out on Facebook against those who said they'd already assumed he was gay. Noting that he doesn't think he's "special" for being gay, and saying he never thought he'd have to come out, Glenn (who was raised Mormon) writes:

It is not news. It is not meant to be salacious. Until you know what it’s like to hide, to keep away true happiness out of fear. That’s when you truly understand what it’s like. It’s not about coming out to wave a flag in another’s face. At least it’s not for me. For me its about finding the purist of peace. The absolute settling of my soul. The clearest vision of the road I want to take.

Claiming that all he wants "is to be honest," the 30-year-old adds:

That’s what this whole “coming out” thing is for me. It’s been quite a real and beautiful day to have so much compassion and love coming from strangers, fans that have been there since the beginning, new fans, family, friends. For someone like me, the eternal self deprecator, i just want to say thank you.

I guess the last thing I want to say tonight and for now is if you're like me, a wanderer, a questioner, a soul searcher, a dreamer, or misunderstood for any reason at all: Come out.

Check out Glenn's full post here.

Glenn told Rolling Stone's Caryn Gans that he had "crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my 20s."

Noting that he began telling friends and close friends as his band was writing and recording their forthcoming album, "Pop Psychology," he added, "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."

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