Celebrity Causes: Ariel Aparicio for Green Chimneys

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Music has always been a sort of healing for me, whether I'm listening to it or making it. It's cathartic. Every new record for me becomes a journey - a journey through my past, my present, my future. I share this journey openly and honestly with others.
Aerials, my most recent journey, is one of my most revealing. I'm dealing with incredibly personal subjects like my relationship with my father and how his passing affected that; our constant search for love and partnership, and, in my case, being so fortunate as to have found it; my early struggles with my sexuality and my eventual acceptance... among other things. 

Somewhere in the back of my mind I always hope that my words might somehow touch and maybe even help someone else with their struggles, especially young people. When I was a teenager, I turned to music for everything. It helped me, and perhaps mine can help someone else.
Green Chimneys Pride.jpgThat's how I found Green Chimneys. I came across this amazing organization several years ago via a friend. Here is a brief description of their main objective:
The NYC Programs offer a "safe space" for LGBTQ and allied youth who are in foster care or are homeless, in residential settings that focus on individual life skills development, education planning, vocational development, and preparation for healthy, self-sufficient adulthoods. We recognize that LGBTQ first need to feel safe and protected in order to be able to address typical developmental needs of all adolescents/young adults like basic needs, education, identity development, interpersonal skill development, general life skills, and entering the workforce.
I've had the privilege and honor of working with Green Chimneys and have met some of these incredible young people. They actually inspire me. They give me hope. They bring me joy.
Please take a few minutes and tour their website. They are not just based in NYC, but they are all over.
DONATE. VOLUNTEER. ADOPT.  There are many ways to help.   
We all have our struggles. Today you can help a young person with theirs.
I continue my journey. I do truly believe that the best way I can connect with others is through my songs, but I also try to lead by example. I am a husband, a father, a musician and an entrepreneur... I want these GLBTQ young people to know that everything is also available to them. We can do everything. We can have everything.
I try to share this with them personally but we also share this message on a much bigger level with all... 
Every time I walk down the street with my husband, holding our son's hand, we send a message. Sometimes loudly, sometimes quietly...  As one of my favorite artists, Chrissie Hynde, would say - "It's a message of love!!"

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Brooklyn-based musician Ariel Aparicio released his latest album, Aerials, on September 6, 2011. The album was produced by Tom Gilroy. Recently, Aparicio was honored at the 7th Annual OutMusic Awards in New York City, receiving top honors for his recording of “People Who Died” when he was awarded…

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