2012 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month Heroes - KCET
As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions in the LGBT community.
Congratulations to our 2012 Local Heroes of the Year:
Ivy Bottini has worked tirelessly for the rights of women and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community for more than 50 years.
Currently, Ms. Bottini is developing an AIDS Memorial in West Hollywood and the Southland’s first LGBT Museum. She is also writing an autobiography.
Ms. Bottini has spearheaded several organizations, including the Los Angeles Lesbian/Gay Police Advisory Board, Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing, AIDS Network LA, the first chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). She also co-chaired the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood.
Ms. Bottini has also contributed to the defeat of some of California’s most controversial measures. She served as chair of the Southern California division of the “No On LaRouche” campaign/Proposition 64, an initiative statute that would have restored AIDS to the list of communicable diseases, and served as deputy director of the Southern California region against Briggs Initiative, or Proposition 6, which would have banned gays and lesbians from teaching in California’s schools.
School Board Member
Claremont Unified School District
Steven Llanusa is a gay parenting rights advocate, educator and community activist.
Currently, Mr. Llanusa is a teacher at Smith Elementary School and board member of the Claremont Unified School District. He is also a father of three adopted sons and a husband to Glenn Miya.
Currently, Steven is working with the Human Rights Campaign on Welcoming Schools and is developing a workshop that could reduce bullying of students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).
Mr. Llanusa has spearheaded community events for several organizations, including the Pop Luck Club, Family Pride Coalition of Pomona Valley and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Family Services.
Mr. Llanusa and his family have been featured on KCET’s, “Life & Times.” He was named Foster Parent of the Month by Refugio Para Los Niños and was awarded the Honorary Service Award by the California PTA.