Ivy Bottini has been a trailblazing feminist-lesbian activist almost 50 years, most of that time has been spent on the frontline for equality in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
Bottini’s book, “The Liberation of Ivy Bottini: A Memoir of Love and Activism,” chronicles her life in the trenches fighting for civil rights.
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Bottini, 93, will attend a discussion about her activist life that will take place Sunday at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC.
A selection of Bottini’s personal papers, which are preserved at the ONE Archives, will be on display.
The event also will be a bon voyage of sorts for Bottini, who will be leaving West Hollywood and moving to Florida in February to live with her daughter.
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Bottini was named Woman of the Year by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), whose district includes West Hollywood, in 2017.
Bottini’s feminist and lesbian activism trace their roots to 1960s New York, where Bottini was a co-founder of the New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). In 1969, she designed the logo that the organization still uses today.
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Bottini also was an advocate for lesbian rights, but in 1970, NWO’s president, Betty Friedan, who didn’t agree with that lesbian activism should be a part of the women’s liberation movement, kicked Bottini out of the organization.
In 1971, Bottini relocated moved to Los Angeles and became an LGBTQ activist, co-founding the Coalition for Human Rights; the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Board; AIDS Network LA; and AIDS Project Los Angeles, which eventually changed its name to APLA Health.