Levi's® x Q Youth Foundation | Off The Cuff (2024)

Earlier this month, we spotlighted Levi’s® Tailor Rodrigo Bunton Navarrete (he/him/his) and learned about how his dreams for Queer liberation inspire his craft. To continue uplifting LGBTQ+ voices, we partnered with the Q Youth Foundation–an organization that builds meaningful partnerships for marginalized LGBTQ+ communities in Los Angeles–and invited three of their standout members to share their stories while customizing their denim with Rodrigo. We chatted with Mojo Carter (she/they), Sedusa Richman (they/she), and Nathan Sierra (he/she/they) about their individual journeys towards self-discovery and how they hope to impact the LGBTQ+ community.

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    MEET MOJO CARTER (SHE/THEY)

    What does Pride mean to you?

    Stand out and be who you are. It is all about being seen, heard, and creating a platform to inspire. It only takes one person to make change and I strive to create that space every day.

    What inspired you to start doing drag?

    I am from North Jersey and would make my way into NYC to the club scene in my younger years. I wanted to see people who look like me and gave me the confidence to be my authentic-self like Drag superstar Aja. Make-up was also a component of being inspired to do drag–it created a canvas of self-expression and helped launch my confidence. I still do make-up and am fortunate to have turned it into a career in addition to drag.

    Tell us about someone that positively influenced your journey of self-discovery?

    I found stability in my relationship with my Aunt Nikki. She gave me the confidence to not be shy. “You do you, and no one else” is what she used to tell me. For all the people in the Queer community who struggle with family relationships and being accepted–find a chosen family and be seen for who you are. YOU MATTER.

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      What conversation needs to happen next in the journey for Queer liberation?

      There needs to be more room for Queer disabled people. By creating more accessibility and opportunity for this part of the community, we will get closer to a truly inclusive Queer safe space.

      What does allyship mean to you?

      Having a sense of empathy and being able to engage with the Queer community.It is amazing to see how many allies have come together to support the Quuer community, and that’s just the beginning–the fight is not over.

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        It is all about being seen, heard, and creating a platform to inspire. It takes one person to make change and I strive to create that everyday.

        MOJO CARTER

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          MEET SEDUSA RICHMAN (THEY/SHE)

          What does Pride mean to you?

          Being yourself authentically and not altering any part of you to make someone else feel comfortable.

          What is your first memory of feeling like you couldn’t be you?

          When I was 3 or 4 years old I said, “This cat is so cute” and my dad immediately said, “Guys don’t say that or act like that.” That is my first memory of being human and the start of society policing me in the way I present myself. My family dynamics and relationships were never easy, so I found support where it mattered. My dad recently passed away and the silver lining was that it actually brought my family closer together in a time of sadness. I am lucky that my sisters are my rock and have strengthened our bond. If I could give advice to people of the Queer community stuggling with relationships, it would be to work on those relationships by educating and/or finding a chosen family to support you in your Queerness. Part of being with Q Youth Foundation, I am able to connect and inspire people to be their true Queer authentic-selves.

          If I could give advice to people of the Queer community struggling with relationships, it would be to work on those relationships by educating and/or finding a chosen family to support you in your Queerness.

          SEDUSA RICHMAN

          What inspired you to get into drag?

          Where do I start? My sisters were the start of my love for transforming. Being raised in a traditional Mexican family (not typically supportive of being Queer), I was fortunate to have them support my exploration into drag. And of course - my Tias, Mom, Lady Gaga and Selena Quintanilla to name a few iconic women. I even got a tattoo inspired by “Mother Monster” (what fans lovingly call Lady Gaga).

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              MEET NATHAN SIERRA (HE/SHE/THEY)

              When was your first time celebrating Pride?

              My first memory of celebrating Pride was watching the Pride parades on the news with my mom. But to physically go out to the Pride events in LA, my first time was this year. After celebrating with my friends and family, I realized there is so much opportunity to educate allies and fellow Queers that June can’t be the only time we come together. Pride should be an always-on mentality to create forever change.

              Who is your biggest support?

              My mom is my biggest ally and has supported me in my self-discovery. I see my mom as my best-friend because I can tell her anything. I realize how lucky I am to have such great support and pull that forward to supporting other people in the community. One of the main reasons I partner with Q Youth Foundation is the ability to make an impact in the community, all while living my truth and cascading that to the world.

              Who is a Queer activist that has impacted your journey within the Queer space?

              Bamby Salcedo is a Latina Transgender activist that has impact inside and outside of the community. It was so inspiring to see her be invited to the White House and speak. From HIV awareness to transgender youth protection, Bamby inspires me to get involved and USE MY VOICE.

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                One of the main reasons I partner with Q Youth Foundation is the ability to make an impact in the community, all while living my truth and cascading that to the world.

                NATHAN SIERRA

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