“Get out of your own way and understand that your life has a life of its own and will take you on a wonderful, adventurous ride.”
Activist, Artist, Comedian. Co-founder of New York NOW (1966), President (1968-1970). Led the takeover of the Statue of Liberty (1970). Created the NOW National Logo. Co-Founded AIDS Network LA. Created and hosted the first Lesbian/Gay radio show on a mainstream network. Southern California Deputy Director of the successful campaign against the initiative that would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California public schools. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as a Commissioner for the first California Commission on Aging. Chaired the successful “No on 64,” a proposition to stigmatize people who were HIV-positive. Co-Founded the Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing non-profit which developed Triangle Square in 2007, the first affordable housing complex for gay and lesbian senior citizens in the country. Joined California Women’s Law Center in drafting and lobbying a bill to remove the statute of limitations on prosecuting rape cases. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill.
Filmed and interviewed by Martha Wheelock, VFA Board, August 2017
Photo 1. Ivy designed the logo for the National Organization for Women in 1969. Photo 2. Ivy Bottini in 2011 with her art on the wall of her Kings Road condominium. Her “I Am” painting was used on a t-shirt for the annual Dyke March that year [photo by James F. Mills]. Photo 3. The Liberation of Ivy Bottini: A Memoir of Love and Activism,by Judith Branzburg, November 2018.