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City's ‘WeHo Reads’ Series Presents LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Ivy Bottini

Post Date:January 10, 2019 3:53 PM

ivy bottini coverThe City of West Hollywood celebrates the literary community with its WeHo Reads program, a literary series featuring noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library.

For its upcoming WeHo Reads author series, the City of West Hollywood will present West Hollywood icon and LGBTQ/feminist activist Ivy Bottini in conversation with biographer Judith V. Branzburg surrounding the new book, The Liberation of Ivy Bottini: A Memoir of Love and Activism. The event is presented by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division and co-sponsored by the City’s Lesbian Speaker Series program, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Senior Services program, Hollywood NOW, and the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The evening will include a book signing, with books for sale by Book Soup. Admission is free, but the event is expected to reach capacity. RSVP is encouraged at Free parking will be available in the adjacent West Hollywood Park five-story structure with validation from the event.  

Colorful, charismatic, magnetic, and brilliant are just a few of the words used to describe Ivy Bottini, a woman who was at the forefront of the original National Organization for Women (NOW) movement. She was a co-founder of the New York City chapter of NOW and, in 1969, designed the logo that the organization still uses today.

In 1971, Bottini moved to Southern California and became an activist for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) causes, co-founding the Coalition for Human Rights, the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Board, AIDS Network LA, and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA, now known as APLA Health). Her stories of transformative personal growth, sacrifice, and activism are not only inspirational and educational, but are also a model for activism from a leader in two of the most important equality movements of the past half century — women’s liberation and gay-and-lesbian liberation.


Upcoming 2019 WeHo Reads events will take place at 7 p.m. and include:

  • Tuesday, February 12: Beverly Park: The Kiddieland that Inspired Walt Disney by Jay Jennings
  • Wednesday, March 13: Sissy by Jacob Tobia 
  • Wednesday, March 20: Too Much is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells
  • Wednesday, April 10: National Poetry Month event featuring Inaugural Poet (for Barack Obama) Richard Blanco and former City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate Kim Dower
  • Tuesday, April 30: Lingua Franca, a National Poetry Month event featuring poetry from around the world curated by City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate Charles Flowers
  • Wednesday, May 29: Lambda Lit Award Finalists Reading (a One City One Pride event)

For additional details about upcoming events and for more information about the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads programming and other arts programming from the City of West Hollywood, please visit or

For more information about this event, please contact the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator, Mike Che, at (323) 848-6377 or For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at

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