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Jazzie Collins, S.F. transgender activist, dies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jazzie Collins, a community organizer and well-known transgender activist who was involved in social justice causes in San Francisco, died Thursday at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the city.

She was 54 and had deteriorating health the past few weeks, friends said, although the cause of her death is being determined. Ms. Collins also was open about being HIV-positive.

Ms. Collins was active - friends describe her as "fiery" and a "passionate advocate" - in causes that were factors in her life: tenants' rights, workers' rights, transgender rights and aging and health issues, among others.

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