2018-10-10 / Front Page

Dromm Statement On Death Of Ms. Colombia, A Fixture In The Queens LGBTQ Community

The late Osvaldo Gomez, aka “Ms. Colombia,” out and about in happier times. She was rarely seen without her poodle and bird, whom she referred to as her “daughter” and “granddaughter.” She will be missed.Photo by Walter KarlingThe late Osvaldo Gomez, aka “Ms. Colombia,” out and about in happier times. She was rarely seen without her poodle and bird, whom she referred to as her “daughter” and “granddaughter.” She will be missed.Photo by Walter KarlingOsvaldo Gomez, aka “Ms. Colombia,” was found dead in the water off Jacob Riis Park on October 3. At this time, no foul play is suspected. An autopsy is being performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause of death.

Council Member Danny Dromm (Jackson Heights, Elmhurst) released the following statement in response: “Ms. Colombia, aka Osvaldo Gomez, was an iconic figure in the LGBTQ community and beyond,” said NYC Council Member Dromm. “She was beloved by all who saw her in the streets, at parades, and in the neighborhood, wearing her colorful outfits and a bird on her shoulder. Her cheerfulness and ability to bring a smile to the faces of all who met her will be missed by all New Yorkers. I remember marching with Ms. Colombia at the first Queens Pride Parade and at other parades across the city, including the India Day Parade and the Chinese New Year Parade, among others. While life did not always treat Ms. Colombia with all the respect she was due, New Yorkers will remember Ms. Colombia as a hero to everyone. May Ms. Colombia rest in peace.”

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