As a result, Shannon has found herself drawn to help tell people's coming out stories. In both Miles and Other People, she plays the mother to young gay men.
"All stories about people being gay and coming out, I’m just so attracted to," she said. "It was my whole childhood. My whole life. I was the child of somebody who had to keep that secret. So anything I can do to let that out and tell all those stories is the most important thing to me."