By Tracy Garza
TLC Communications Associate
The passing of activist Jazzie Collins is a huge loss to our Bay Area community and the many lives she touched nationwide. She will definitely be remembered by all who knew her.
Collins died of natural causes at age 54 in San Francisco, surrounded by many of her friends and several elected officials, and having recently talked to her family back in Tennessee. We are comforted by the knowledge that she was at peace and was not in any pain when she passed away, and more importantly, that she knew she was loved.
She lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years and had always been a fierce advocate for the community. Just last month, she was honored by the California Legislative LGBT Caucus at a special event in Sacramento.
Her community activism included serving on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trans March, as well as the recently-formed LGBT Senior Task Force. The long list of affiliations and collaborations also included the Senior Action Network, Openhouse and the Harvey Milk Democratic Club.
For those of you in the SF Bay Area, the Trans March will be honoring Jazzie’s memory this Saturday, July 13, from 3pm to 8pm at El Rio. All proceeds will go towards helping with Jazzie’s funeral expenses and making sure that her relatives are able to fly to San Francisco to bid her a final farewell. For folks outside the Bay Area, please consider making a donation to the indiegogo campaign that has been set up with the same purpose.