Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is pretty magical. The internet opens doors and opportunities, enables people to connect with others and allows everyone to find where they belong: their corner of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My Corner of the Internet, we talk to people about the online spaces they can’t get enough of, that we need to save on Bag to read later and what sites and forums they formed†
With Pride celebrations taking place in June, this month we showcase LGBTQ+ leaders as part of our My corner of the internet series. The first is Kevin Wong, the vice president of communications at Trevor Project, where we talk to him about what he consumes online, his love for his cat Izzie, and the intersectionality of LGBTQ and AAPI communities.
What is your favorite corner of the internet?
I’ve been busy with more Instagram accounts highlighting AAPI news and achievements like Goldhouse† Netflix Golden† NextShark† NBC Asian America and more. While there has been a noticeable increase in AAPI representation in the media, it’s still not mainstream, so I like to follow these accounts so I can always see what’s happening.
What’s a deep internet dive you can’t wait to dive back into?
I love weird facts about animals or science, so every time someone starts a digestible Twitter thread, I feel like I’m in heaven.
What is the one tab in your browser that you always regret closing it?
Definitely my Gmail tab, hands down.
Who is an LGBTQ+ person with a very online presence that is a role model for you?
Phew, obviously Jay Jurden. He is a bi-comedian and he keeps all his followers laughing during some pretty challenging times. I’ve also seen him perform stand-up in real life and the hits just keep on coming!
What can you not talk about on the internet right now?
For the past five years I have NOT shut up about our cat, Izzie. She is a russian blue and she is extremely affectionate! She even likes strangers.
What was the first online community you engaged with?
I remember growing up that I really wanted to connect with more LGBTQ people, so I looked up those connections online. When I started working in Communications, I interacted with PR professionals online, as well as other AAPI folks on Twitter.
What articles and videos are waiting in your Pocket to be read/watched?
I’ve noticed how calming it is for me to watch series and movies I’ve already seen, such as ‘The Witcher’, ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ and the John Wick trilogy. Plus, I can watch a second screen or doze off if I want to!
If you could create your own corner of the internet, what would it look like?
It would be great to have a corner of the internet that constantly affirms you, acknowledges your strengths and boosts your confidence. So many of my friends tell me they can’t get enough of that affirmation, and I think there’s always room for more in everyone’s life. But if I could turn my own corner of the Internet into a physical space, it would be tantamount to comfortable sleeping quarters and a dance party!
Kevin Wong (he/him) is the Vice President of Communications for The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ youth. He oversees the organization’s communications strategy, including media relations, celebrity engagements, internal and executive communications, speaking engagements and awards, crisis communications, and more.
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