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Remembering Ms. Colombia: One Year Later

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BRIAN MILLS

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Founder & Editor of Fierth.com - I am not a journalist, I am not a blogger, and I am not a writer.

It’s been a year since Ms. Colombia was found in the waters off of Jacob Riis Park in Far Rockaway on Oct. 3, 2018, Known to spend summers there with her poodle and parrot traipsing over the sands bringing joy to all. Her spirit though lives on, despite the loss of her presence at seemingly every parade and event in NYC; Leaving a hole in our hearts and our dimming the colorful brightness and joy she brought to our shared cultural fabric.

Remembering Ms. Colombia: One Year Later
Ms Colombia & Fierth Editor Brian Mills

The 64-year-old Jackson Heights resident, whose real name was Osvaldo Gomez, was famous for wearing extravagant and colorful outfits. She was referred to as “a treasure of Queens” by Councilman Francisco Moya. Her body was found at 3:30 a.m. No foul play was suspected.

“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,” said Dromm, who fondly remembered marching with Ms. Colombia at the first Queens Pride Parade. “Her cheerfulness and ability to bring a smile to the faces of all who met her will be missed by all New Yorkers.”

Ms. Colombia gained wider recognition through 2015 docuseries called “No Your City,” that profiled unique New York City characters. In the film she revealed that she had been a lawyer in her native Colombia before moving to Queens in 1975. After being diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s, she chose to live life freely and by nobody else’s rules but her own.

“I like to be free … They ask me, are you homo? Are you gay, are you lesbian? And I say, no, I am human being from another planet,” she said in the video.

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