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Crafting Connections

Part one: Out & McDonald’s 'Crafting Connections' series celebrates grandmas and sweet memories


Part one: Out & McDonald’s 'Crafting Connections' series celebrates grandmas and sweet memories

Crafting Connections: Part One

Watch Jillian Mercado, Ronnie Woo, and Maxwell Poth share heartwarming stories and sweet surprises.

This story is brought to you by our partners at McDonald’s.

This is the first part of a two-part video series. Check out the second part of the conversation HERE.

In celebration of McDonald's newest sweet treat, the Grandma McFlurry, Out proudly presents Crafting Connections, a heartwarming series honoring the grandmothers and grandmother figures in our lives. Join Actress and Activist Jillian Mercado, Chef and Television Personality Ronnie Woo, and Photographer and Author Maxwell Poth as they come together to share cherished memories of their grandmothers while crafting and enjoying McDonald's favorites.

In the first episode, Jillian, Ronnie, and Maxwell hang out and engage in a classic crafting project: creating a canvas dedicated with love to their grandmas. As these friends catch up over some McDonald’s, they share the unforgettable moments spent with their grandmothers.

Jillian Mercado, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, fondly recalls how her grandmother would take her to McDonald's after doctor's appointments. "There was a McDonald's three blocks away from the hospital, and she would take us there every single visit," Jillian shares. "We'd get a Happy Meal and our toys, and she'd have her McGriddles and black coffee, watching us play. She understood how important it was to be a kid."

So, in honor of grandma and the memories with her, head to McDonald’s today to try the limited-edition Grandma McFlurry, available at participating locations, which features smooth, sweet creamy syrup and chopped crunchy, candy pieces, reminiscent of grandma's favorite treat hidden in her purse, blended in McDonald's creamy vanilla soft serve.

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A graduate from NYU Tisch, Nic Austin has always connected with the written word and its ability to change minds. He has applied this love for writing to analyzing LGBTQ+ media and how the LGBTQ+ community has been represented on screen. Before working as an Editor at equalpride, Nic Austin was the Editor-in-chief of The Queer Queue and the co-host of both The Queer Queue Podcast and The Queerly News. In his spare time, Nic Austin writes film criticism while enjoying the mountain views of Denver, Colorado.

Nic Austin is passionate about providing a platform in media for the LGBTQ+ community. He strives to tell stories about his community through the leading LGBTQ+ publications in the country. His mission is to amplify marginalized LGBTQ+ voices through partnerships with prominent brands and leaders in our community.


A graduate from NYU Tisch, Nic Austin has always connected with the written word and its ability to change minds. He has applied this love for writing to analyzing LGBTQ+ media and how the LGBTQ+ community has been represented on screen. Before working as an Editor at equalpride, Nic Austin was the Editor-in-chief of The Queer Queue and the co-host of both The Queer Queue Podcast and The Queerly News. In his spare time, Nic Austin writes film criticism while enjoying the mountain views of Denver, Colorado.