I'm fighting to End AIDS!
As an openly HIV-positive disabled trans woman I hope to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS in the Women’s and Trans communities. As of current numbers 1 out of 4 Trans women are living with HIV and over Half of Black Trans Woman are HIV-positive.
The 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, will be my 4th year as a volunteer Roadie and I have set a goal to raise $4,000 for services at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Did you know you can make a one time donation or if you would like to make a larger impact you can pledge a larger amount and split it between 2-10 monthly payments?
Here is a little more why I take part in the AIDS/LifeCycle.
Yes, we are 30ish years into the epidemic and after much progress in medications and public awareness, in 2019 the stigma people living with HIV/AIDS face on a daily basis is still a huge problem.
There are several reasons why I am joining the 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle;
1) I want to bring awareness and education regarding HIV/AIDS in the Transgender community. Trans people are ignored in most research, trails, education, & services. It is still common practice for HIV/AIDS organizations to categorize trans women as men due to lack of funding sources to serve HIV positive Trans women.
2) To help raise money for HIV/AIDS services (provided by the SF AIDS Foundation and LA Gay & Lesbian Center), educate the public that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is NOT over.
3) To help end the stigma of people living with HIV/AIDS.
4) To honor all the LGBT Mormon men and women who died of AIDS alone and in silence.
5) To celebrate the lives of all of us living with HIV/AIDS.
I would be so thankful if you would help me reach my goal to be able to join in this life changing 7 day, 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I will make sure to update Facebook and Twitter and even send out personal emails as much as possible during the ride. Any amount helps and gets us that much closer to helping improve the life of those living with HIV/AIDS and preventing further infections.
Bobbee Trans Mooremon
2019 Bus Liaison Roadie
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World AIDS Day
Growing up in the 80s and 90s I really did not know much about AIDS. I had heard about it although all I heard and knew about it was that it was a disease that only perverted gays get and die from and it was their punishment for being gay. When I was kicked out by my aunt as a teenager the last words she said to me as she closed the door was "You will live a sad lonely life and die of AIDS."
In the early 2000s when I was living in Portland, Oregon and learning to live as an openly as a proud gay man and becoming more involved in the LGBT community I become educated about HIV/AIDS and then attended some safer sex workshops and trainings. After I move to San Francisco in late 2007 I started meeting more people and learning about the San Francisco LGBT community but it would not be until the passage of Prop 8 in November of 2018 that would ignite the passion in me to dive into the activism side of the community. After the election night I attended rallies and got involved in protests, civil disobedience, telling my story about being a homeless queer youth at conferences that allowed me to get to know so many people in the community. One of those people worked for the Stop AIDS Project a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He asked me to be a part of the team of a leadership team young adults for a program. The focus was about having more events outside of bars, to work with bars to offer free water, and to educate about harm reduction.
Fast forward to 2012 just months after I had moved back to San Francisco from New York City and while looking for a room to rent I was raped. I had been accepted to be a part of the 2012 Soulfource Equality Ride, a two month social justice tour across country to visit college campuses that had anti-LGBT policies and or practices and try to have conversations with them and hopefully get them to change their policies. While at one of the events in Philadelphia before leaving on the ride we visited in HIV testing non-profit. They gave us a tour of the facility and offered to give rapid HIV test to any of us who wanted them. No one in the group had ever been tested before except for myself. All those who wanted to would go get the test, come back to the room where we all were to wait the 15 minutes, then go get the results. One after the other thet came back and shared with the group that their test was negative to cheers, claps, high-fives, and hugs.
I was the last one to get tested I went up to the room and waited the 15 minutes with everybody else. I was then called down to get my results, when I sat down next to the desk I remember looking at the test sitting on the desk, the tester started by ask me a lot of questions about my sexual history and safer sex practices. I remember thinking this is a little bit odd as to why he's asking me all these very pointed questions and before giving me my results. After what felt like a long time he finally told me that my test came back positive and they had done a second test to make sure. I remember looking at the clock on the wall directly across from me, 11:38 p.m.. my first thoughts were well my aunt was right I'm going to died of AIDS alone. But then I took a deep breath and forced myself to put on my educator hat on and reminded myself that was not true, that I was educated about HIV, and I would get through this.
We talk for about 20 minutes and at midnight I was let go. I walked up the stairs to the room that we were all waiting in and nobody was there. The other staff member had told me they all thought I got my results and left already. At midnight after learning I was HIV-positive I had to walk about 15 minutes to the hotel we were staying at all alone. I got to my hotel room and my two roommates were not there. I remember sitting in the armchair in the hotel room where I cried myself to sleep and stayed the whole night.
After the 2-month ride I returned to San Francisco where I had no place to live and no insurance. Thankfully a past Rider in the Soulforce Equality Ride allowed me to stay at their place until I could find a room or an apartment for myself. It took me about a month 2 find a permanent place to live and to get into Medical Care. On June 29th I had my first appointment with my new doctor at Ward 86 San Francisco General Hospital. He did all my blood work and my CD4 count came back at 196, thst on tip of being very sick gave me an active Disabling AIDS Diagnosis. My doctor said that probably the stress of working 16-hour days, traveling almost every day in a bus for 2 months, not eating well, not sleepong well, or taking care of myself probably just tanked my immune system speeding up the virus in my system.
In 2013 had a friend from Washington DC who was doing this bike ride here in California called the AIDS lifecycle. I was following his journey via Facebook and loving all the amazing photos he was taking. On the sixth day of the 7-Day ride you sent me an e-mail and said I am dedicating my ride to you as you are the only person I know personally who has been out about their HIV-positive status. I was very touched and started looking up what this AIDS lifecycle was about. I found out that it was through the San Francisco AIDS Foundation but that was all I did at that time. The next year I waited too long and unfortunately was too late to take part in the 2014 Ride but I signed up for the 2015 ride.
Although I was so very scared and had no idea what to expect I signed up for the ride, bought a bike, but after riding the bike for 1 mile back home I knew I could not do it as my anxiety was way too high driving that close to cars and other cyclist. Thankfully they told me about being a roadie and I was able to switch from a cyclist to a roadie job. The 2015 AIDS lifecycle was such an amazing experience. Being around thousands of people who openly spoke of HIV/AIDS, meeting many members of Positive Pedalers who openly spoked about being HIV-positive themselves, standing up at dinner on night 3 with all the HIV-positive participants, and having a huge 7 day party down the coast of California while raising funds for HIV/AIDS services was life changing.
I have committed to being a part of AIDS/LifeCycle as long as my health/body will allow or until we find a cure and the ride is no longer needed. The 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle will be my 4th year actually be in on the Ride as a volunteer Roadie but 5th as a registered participant. This year I have committed to easily get $4,000 and personally to donate $400.
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by Bobbee Trans Mooremon on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 1:58 PM