She was also known as the marvel of Manhattan.
As we celebrate LGBT history month and the icons who have affected us in one way or another, New York is mourning the loss of one of their own this week.
Osvaldo Gomez, affectionately known in the Big Apple as Ms. Colombia was found dead in the waters of Jacob Riis Beach in Queens the NYPD reported.
There were “no apparent signs of trauma," they believe she drowned according to the New York Daily News
Council Member Daniel Dromm said Gomez was always front-and-center in the community, “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,” He adds, “Her cheerfulness and ability to bring a smile to the faces of all who met her will be missed by all New Yorkers.”
Creator of the "No Your City" documentary videos, Nicolas Heller, said Gomez was one of a kind. "Sounds cliche, but she truly was a shining star. Everywhere she went she was the center of attention. Everyone loved her. New York lost a legend today."
Ms. Colombia moved to Queens from Colombia in 1975, she explains in the video. She was also HIV positive and lived her life one day at a time.
“You have to live day by day," she says. "Past is the past. Use the present because you don’t have tomorrow. Nobody has tomorrow. Tomorrow is from the gods."
She also had a unique way of describing herself, “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.”
A memorial for the beloved urban celebrity will be announced within the coming days