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 damn magical. The Internet opens doors and opportunities, allows people to connect with others, and allows everyone to find their place – their corners of the Internet. We all have a story on the internet worth sharing. In My Corner of the Internet, we talk to people about which online spaces they can’t get enough of, what we should save in Poached to read later and what sites and forums shaped them.
With Pride celebrations happening throughout June, this month we’re featuring LGBTQ+ leaders as part of our my corner of the internet series. First up 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 the LGBTQ and AAPI communities.
What is your favorite corner of the internet?
I engaged with more Instagram accounts highlighting AAPI news and accomplishments, like house of gold, Golden Netflix, NextShark, NBC Asia America and more. While there’s been a noticeable increase in AAPI’s representation in the media, it’s still not mainstream, so I like to follow these accounts so I always see what’s going on.
What’s an internet deep dive you can’t wait to get back into?
I love weird facts about animals or science, so every time someone starts an digestible Twitter thread, I feel like I’m in heaven.
Which tab in your browser do you still regret closing?
Definitely my Gmail tab, hands down.
Who is an LGBTQ+ person with a strong online presence who is a role model for you?
Phew, obviously Jay Jurden. He’s a bi comedian and he makes all his followers laugh during some pretty tough times. I’ve also seen him do stand-up in real life and the hits just keep coming!
What can’t you stop talking about on the internet right now?
Over 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 got involved with?
I remember growing up, I really wanted to connect with more LGBTQ people, so I searched for those connections online. Then, when I started working in communications, I interacted with PR professionals online, as well as other AAPI people on Twitter.
What articles and videos are in your pocket waiting to be read/watched right now?
I’ve noticed how calming it is for me to watch shows and movies I’ve seen before, like “The Witcher,” “Fullmetal Alchemist,” and the John Wick trilogy. Plus, I can do a second screen or doze off if I want!
If you could create your own corner of the Internet, what would it look like?
It would be amazing to have a corner of the internet that constantly affirms you, recognizes your strengths, and boosts your self-confidence. Many of my friends tell me they can’t get enough of this validation, and I think there’s always room for more in everyone’s life. But if I could make my own corner of the internet a physical space, it would be both cozy places to nap 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 engagement, internal and executive communications, speaking engagements and awards, crisis communications and more.
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