Come Tell Your Coming Out Stories With Secretly Y’all
One experience that many in the LGBTQ community share is having to come out. Telling family and friends about who you really are can be a stressful event. One always hopes their loved ones will empathize, and when they do it can bring people closer and lead to better understanding. Sometimes, however, it does not go so smoothly.
Now is your chance to share your coming out story with the city of Richmond – strangers and friends alike. Your chance to share with a gay teen who is struggling with how to come out to his parents, or with a straight grandmother who wants to be able better empathize with her bisexual granddaughter.
Secretly Ya’ll has held a considerable number of similar events in the past and they have all been successful. They have an event every other month at Balliceaux. Past themes have included Heartbreak Hotel, and Stories of Bravery.
“A lot of people have come and really poured their heart out on stage,” said Colin King, the event’s host and founding member of Secretly Y’all.
They’ve had Dave Brockie, lead singer for GWAR, come to tell his stories of “shenanigans” on tour. And the person responsible for Colin’s interest in story telling, his father, has even made a few appearances.
“He’s kind of the reason that I’ve been interested in stories all my life,” said Colin. “He just had a knack, as we were growing up, for telling us stories about his childhood, true and made up.”
Now, Secretly Y’all wants to hear your stories. These coming out stories don’t have to be LGBTQ related either.
“I hope people come out and tell stories about coming to terms with who they are in a society that’s not nice or understanding,” Colin said.
“Whether you were gay in high school and announced it to the whole cafeteria, or you were raised in a Muslim household and had to tell your parents you weren’t going to practice their religion,” said Colin. “Those are the kind’s of stories we’re looking for.”
After all submissions are received they will choose they six best stories and they will tell about their ordeal in 5-7 minutes. After, if there is time, the audience will be able to come to the stage and tell their own stories. Colin says the only rule is that the stories must be true.
Colin has worked hard along with Lainie Gratz and Kathleen Brady to plan this event.
To submit your stories send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am originally from a small town in North Carolina and have recently moved to Richmond. Meaning I am a novice to the ways of Richmond life, but from what I have seen it is a culturally rich environment that I look forward to diving into. My daily hustle consists of playing bass, reading, and hunting for new music. This summer I will be interning with RVA Magazine and GayRVA.com. In the fall I will be transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University where I will major in journalism.
Secretly Y’all is Richmond’s very own storytelling group where locals are invited to submit stories and share them with a live audience. And earlier this week our Editor, Brad Kutner, was invited to speak. He’s done a lot of reporting on how LGBTQ folks, especially transgender people, are feeling right now after Donald Trump won [...]November 23, 2016
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