To submit your story please email a short story synopsis and bio to secretlyall@gmail.com


Look y’all. These are rough times. These are tough times. And we aren’t trying to make light, look in the other direction, or try to futilely spin this experience we’re living through into something positive. However. We thought it could be worthwhile to ruminate on other times in our lives when things really sucked, how we got through it, and who we emerged as on the other side. So. We are looking for stories of hopefulness triumphing over hopelessness, of sh*t hitting the fan and figuring out how to make lemonade (yick), of instances when maybe the lows made us reevaluate and redefine what we value, hold dear, and choose to live by. Please send a brief story synopsis and short bio to secretlyall@gmail.com to be considered for the Setlist.
Again, this will be a virtual event, with no need to sign up for any particular program or service. We appreciate everyone’s support for April’s event. Y’all collectively donated over $1000 to Richmond Mutual Aid, which is a group helping out the folks who really don’t have a safety net at this time. We hope to “see” you again on June 1st, and to continue to demonstrate how all of us together can truly make a difference in our community.



So we’re really reaching here, but anyone out here ever lived through, or currently living through, some sort of QUARANTINE situation? Eh? Eh?
In this unprecedented and unsure time we are experiencing, we have decided to launch our very first live streamed event and we need stories. So yes, please, stories of what you have been dealing with now, but also stories of any times when you’ve noticed that you’ve been shut off limits, pushed to arm’s length, excluded from, and generally not allowed to…do what previously seemed pretty normal things to do.

We here at SY have been championing the importance of sharing our stories as an investment in our community for going on a decade now, and despite the limitations that the current situation puts us in, we hope that y’all will join us in our first ever VIRTUAL SY.

POSTPONED due to Covid. AGENTS OF CHANGE: Femme Narratives, April 16th @the Virginia Museum of History and Culture

TWISTED LOVE Feb 10th @ the Hofheimer Building

“Love is like a flame, it burns you when it’s hot/Love hurts/Ooh love hurts”

But IS it better to have loved than to have never loved at all?? We are seeking sorrowful (or sardonic, cynical or maybe just surprise) tales of love gone awry: whether it was romantic or platonic, whether it was being in love or falling out of love with something or somebody; whether it was being in love (or not) with something about yourself. Or maybe the twist came when something/somebody went from seeming like the worst to … the one??

PEOPLE vs THE WAR ON DRUGS Jan 7th @the Hofheimer Building

The war on drugs has devastated lives and communities for decades. Marijuana Justice VA (MJVA), has been part of the movement to bring reconciliation and redemption to antiquated and racist policies that have led to incarceration and trauma for so many folks.

Join us for a special night that uplifts the voices of those that have been impacted by the war on drugs. We will have stories hand-selected by MJVA and us that illustrate the effects of these policies and the resilience of those that overcame.

All proceeds will go the Marijuana Justice VA and their fight to pass legislation that decriminalizes weed, expunges past criminal records, and releases those still incarcerated. Visit their website www.marijuanajustice.org to learn more.

(chance)ENCOUNTERS Dec 3rd @the Hofheimer Building

Oh, wow, funny running into you here!
Well, since we’re here, Secretly Y’all happens to be looking for stories for our December 3rd event, the theme is (chance)ENCOUNTERS…so tales of titillating run-ins with that cute neighbor, terrifying experiences with extraterrestrials, and “isn’t this a coincidence” moments that resulted in memorable outcomes.

See y’all at the Hofheimer Building on the 3rd!

PRIDE & PREJUDICE Sept 24 @ Rainbow Ballroom

Secretly Y’all is excited to collaborate with Diversity Richmond in presenting PRIDE & PREJUDICE.

Normally “Pride & Prejudice” brings to mind Victorian romances and oppressed women with sharp wits. However, at this Pride & Prejudice event there will be no Jane Austen allowed. Each September Virginia celebrates its local Pride Month, and this year we want to hear from Richmond’s vast, diverse LGBTQ+ community about their experiences as queer people in the formal capital of the Confederacy. How do we overcome the prejudice others spout or that we ourselves internalized and take pride in who we are and who we love?

The event was held in the Rainbow Ballroom, the main event hall at Diversity Richmond (1407 Sherwood Ave).

ILLEGITMATE July 16 @the Hofheimer

We at Secretly Y’all believe that everyone is legitimate. However systems are set up that dictate what is recognized as good and proper. We are interested in stories of those who have felt ostracized, have been deemed other or not part of, or have struggled to find legitimacy for themselves in a larger group. Lets continue the conversation through stories of finding spaces for recognition.

HOOK, LINE & SINKER July 23 @Pale Fire Brewing Co

Secretly Y’all is looking for fishing stories and we aren’t just talking about fish here – times when what you were trying to catch got caught, times when you caught nothing, times when you caught something entirely different than you were expecting…What was the worst April Fools Joke you ever got taken in by? What was the best lie you ever got away with in school to get out of an exam? Have you found you get away with more stuff by under exaggerating or by making sure the whopper you’re telling is ridiculously unbelievably huge? Seeking tales of deceiving and being deceived, of getting to know your quarry so well that you know just what will get them interested, of being the sucker who swallowed the bait whole….And just how big WAS that fish you said you caught anyway?

Secretly Y’all is a live storytelling event where we invite real people to tell true stories. No experience needed…just need to have a story that wants to be told! Every event we have a theme and look for 5-7 stories that relate to that theme to fill our Setlist. (Submit by emailing a brief story synopsis to secretlyall@gmail.com.) The only three rules are that the stories must be true, told within the time limit (7 minutes) and without notes.

During intermission we will leave out the Hat and some slips of paper – anyone who hasn’t told but still has a story (relating to the theme) can throw their name in. We select 2-4 names at random and these folks get to tell their stories too! (Same rules apply).

Stories begin at 7:30pm.