Oct. 5, 2018 By Tara Law
A public vigil for Jackson Heights LGBT icon Ms. Colombia will be held in front of the Jackson Heights Post Office tonight.
The vigil will take place at the post office, which is at 78-02 37th Ave. at 7 p.m., according to Councilmember Daniel Dromm’s office. The event will be hosted by Ms. Colombia’s family, Dromm and members of local advocacy groups, including Make the Road New York and Queens Pride.
Ms. Colombia, whose birth name was Osvaldo Gomez, was found dead in the water off of Jacob Riis Park earlier this week, Dromm’s office said. Police say that foul play is not suspected, although the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of her death.
Ms. Colombia was a fixture in the annual Queens Pride parade, and will be remembered by many for her colorful way of dressing and her joyful approach to life.