RIP Jazzie Collins

(All content in this post taken from various facebook posts. Please take credit for that which you wrote. We wanted to get something up as quickly as possible.)
This is such heartbreaking news to wake up to. Jazzie was a fierce community activist who never backed down from a fight. Those of my friends who did not know her may say, “I’m sorry for your loss.” Believe me when I say it is a loss for us all. I will honor and remember her with every step I march toward equality. Rest in power, Jazzie.
Dear friends, it is will heavy heart to inform you that we just said our final goodnight to our sister, Jazzie Collins, at 1:16 a.m. at Kaiser ICU. Jazzie was surrounded by friends during her transition and we are ever so grateful to have known her. Jazziehas been a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable communities and was recently honored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano in Sacramento for all her amazing work.The world is definitely a better place because of her and let’s help celebrate her life in the coming days.

Dearest friends,
We said goodnight to our dear sweet sister Jazzie tonight. She was surrounded by many friends and so much love as she passed. I know I speak for all that were there when I say we felt honored to be with her and to be her friend. She was an extraordinary being, and a fierce but tender hearted soul. Her passion for justice, for affordable housing, for workers, for everyone was a blessing to us all, and she truly graced us with her presence and her work.
I also feel blessed to have had such amazing people there the last few days. We really held together, and held for her. Thank you Christina, thank you Storm, thank you Analisse, and Cecilia. And thanks to all who were able to make it out on such short notice tonight when we realized that she was about to transition on.
It is hard for me to imagine a world without her. My heart ached as I felt her pass on.
Yet watching her transform when she came out as transgender is forever imprinted on my soul. She truly was like a butterfly. Her transition then was beautiful and her transition now is similarly brilliant and lovely.
I felt Howard Grayson with with us, as well as our friend Michael Goldstein, welcoming her and loving on her just as strongly as we were loving on her as she left.
I am struck by how brief our life is, and how important it is to truly live life. As Mary Oliver said, “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
Well Jazzie was a bride married to amazement for sure, and I will miss her so.
Please join us in honoring her transition tonight.
Much love to you all,
Gabriel

Jazzie Collins speaks at “No More Evictions and Foreclosures” rally at OccupySF – YouTube

An “Occupy to Banks: No More Evictions and Foreclosures for Profit!” day of actions focused on the role banks 
(all images swiped from facebook – please credit yourself if they are yours)

About Susan Forrest

LearningTrans.org, co-founder Los Angeles, County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force, chair Los Angeles, County HIV Mental Health Task Force, secretary
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2 Responses to RIP Jazzie Collins

  1. Pingback: Trans role model Jazzie Collins passes away | THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT by Lexie Cannes

  2. Susan Forrest says:

    Jazzie Collins: forever fighting the good fight | SF Blog
    Stalwart trans rights and economic equality activist Jazzie Collins passed away this week, after a brief illness. She was honored in June in the State Assembly for LGBT History Month, and was on the board of the annual Trans March, among many other honors and activities. There will be a legacy party and fundraiser for Jazzie’s end-of-life expenses at El Rio tomorrow, Sat/14, 3pm-8pm. Below is a remembrance from her good friend Tommi Avicolli Mecca
    READ ARTICLE HERE: http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2013/07/12/jazzie-collins-forever-fighting-good-fight#.UeCzIARaD58.facebook

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