We are asking that anyone who wishes to speak, to focus their thoughts on Shannon’s impact within the sex worker community, sex workers themselves, and the sex worker rights movement. Shannon’s simple existence in our lives has created a foundation for all of us to build on, lit a fire in each of us to help one another in whatever ways we can, and a big part of what we can celebrate, along with our grieving, is the future we can create because of the gifts she has given.
Shannon was an infinitely practical woman, compassionate and loving, but able to focus on the good that comes out of bad circumstances. It is our hope that Shannon’s impact in our lives will help guide us to better support for our community, and better love and support for our own selves. This is the side of Shannon we are hoping to both celebrate the existence of and mourn the loss of, the woman who would be the first in line to pick up the dropped banner and continue marching on.