The Seattle Gay News reported in her obituary:
'There was a cannon in the parade loaded with gunpowder, held in place by a wad of wet paper-mache,' wrote Shelly. 'Someone lit the fuse and the cannon fired into the crowd, hitting [me] in the pelvis. It was the son of the owner of the cannon showing off to a friend.'
The blast took part of Shelly's pelvis, a kidney, some of her intestines and her left leg - after that, there was no more dancing for Shelly Bauman.
Most people would consider a cannon shot to the leg as an end. But for Shelly it was just the beginning of a the kind of life that challenged the status quo, and brought Seattle gay culture out of the dark, and onto a giant sign in the heart of the city. Read the entire obituary of this historical icon, at SGN.