Bobbi – This is my 5th year participating in the Red Ribbon Ride.
Why do you Red Ribbon Ride? I Red Ribbon Ride to raise money and awareness for communities that are disproportionately impacted by HIV. For instance, transgender women have some of the highest rates of HIV, yet they are often left out of programs and services for preventing and treating HIV. I want to prioritize transgender people’s health in larger conversations about HIV in our communities. I want to bring attention to the ways that racism and sexism are contributing to HIV rates in transgender communities.
What is your favorite thing about the Red Ribbon Ride? My favorite thing is being in community with so many people that are passionate about HIV for so many different reasons.
How were you introduced to Red Ribbon Ride? I was introduced to the ride by my co-workers while working at the MN AIDS Project.
What do you do away from the Red Ribbon Ride? I bicycle year-round, I like to garden, and I’m finishing my Masters in Public Health at the U.
What would you tell someone who is on the fence about joining our ride next year? The Red Ribbon Ride ride is a therapeutic experience. You will be surprised by the friendships you make, the serenity of your surroundings, and by your own strength.
What person or group of people are you hoping to bring to the ride this next year? I want to encourage more young queer riders!
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our Red Ribbon Ride community? Talk to me if you’re on the fence or want to learn more about anything I’ve mentioned here!!