McCann Pride Portrait Series with Rocky Granum
Next up in our McCann Pride Portrait Series is Brand Strategist Rocky Granum!
How many times have you been to Stonewall?
Close to 10 times.
What does Stonewall represent for you?
Before I visited Stonewall, I viewed it as this gay mecca - our holiest ground in this country. After I hung out there a few times, I realized that it’s just like so many other gay bars I’ve been to in my life: a sweaty dance floor, a cheeky bartender or two and drag queens walking around selling shots. I hope that doesn’t come across as a dig in any way, because I find that the ordinariness of the bar itself makes it’s historic riots all that more extraordinary. On that legendary night 50 years ago, the rioters weren’t going out looking to start a revolution. They just wanted to drink, dance, hook up and commiserate with their people. They pushed back against the people who got in the way of that and that small act of resistance thrust these otherwise ordinary people into a movement that would positively change the lives of millions of people. Stonewall has a message that extends beyond the LGBTQ+ community: any small act of rebellion can turn into a tidal wave of revolution.
Who is your biggest advocate in life?
My family back home in Virginia. They didn’t really know many gay people before I came out so they’ve never expected me to act or dress or love a certain way. They fully support me in defining my own individual gayness.
Favorite queer character in tv/film?
Roger from “American Dad”. He’s a manipulative, self-obsessed, over dramatic cross-dressing alien who just wants to be loved. I love everything that comes out of his mouth.
What would your Drag Queen/King name be?
Miss Vanilla Skyy - she looks about as bland as a cubicle farm, but she’s easy to mix with and always ready for a party.