WATCH: Gay, Mormon Lead Singer of Neon Trees Brings Down the House in Utah

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(photo by Brandon Cruz)

Earlier this month, Equality Utah, hosted the state's largest fundraising dinner, the 14th annual Allies Dinner: Queer New World. More than 2,100 of Utah's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally community packed in for a night of passion, gaiety and glitter. The evening's honorees included Queer Nation activist, Connell O'Donovan, world-renowned queer theorist (and my hero), Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton and the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, who earlier this year crowned the state's first transgender prom queen.

The final awardee was Neon Trees lead singer, Tyler Glenn, who grew up Mormon and gay in Utah. And while we all anticipated his musical performances to be awe-inspiring, I don't think any of us were ready for the fierce realness he brought to the stage that night during his speech.

Grab some popcorn and some tissues. Your heart is about to explode. This kid blew the roof off the joint (and had a surprise introduction by none other than Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley).