Beloved West Hollywood activist, feminist and LGBTQ advocate, Ivy Bottini, is not doing well and has gone into hospice, according to family, who reached out to West Hollywood Council member Sepi Shyne.
Council member Shyne posted the following message on her social media this morning:
“Dear West Hollywood residents, LGBTQ and Feminist communities:
I have some sad news to report about our beloved Ivy Bottini. I briefly spoke to Ivy’s daughter Lisa a few days ago and she is not doing well.
Her friend of 30 years, Elaine Suranie, sent this message on behalf of Ivy and her daughters:
‘Ivy has gone into hospice this week at her daughter Lisa’s home in Florida. They do not want calls but cards, letters, and flowers are welcomed. Ivy is unable to speak on the phone and is not always lucid. She is 94 years old, not ill, just bedridden and failing quickly.’
I am trying to get the word out to people who might care and thought you might help. She loved and lived in WeHo for so many years I thought you might get it in your message boards and councils announcements to reach anyone who might be interested in sending a card that her family can be read to her or flowers she can see while she is still alive.
Her daughter Lisa’s address:
3614 Wynstone Drive
Sebring, FL 33875
Ivy Bottiny moved to Florida to live with her daughter two years ago on this month. Family, friends, and longtime colleagues gathered at One Archives at the USC Libraries in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 27, to bid a formal farewell.
Ivy Bottiny has been revered as a woman who was at the forefront of the National Organization for Women (NOW) movement and the second wave of feminism. She helped found the New York City chapter of NOW and in 1969 designed the NOW logo that is still used today. She moved to LA County in 1971 and became an activist for many LGBT causes, co-founding the Coalition for Human Rights, the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Board, AIDS Network LA, and AIDS Project LA. Her stories of transformative personal growth, sacrifice and activism are not only inspirational and educational, but also a model for activism from a leader in two of the most important liberation movements of the past half century—women’s liberation and gay & lesbian liberation.