Articles written by: Clare Masson

Clare started blogging in 2004 when she realized that no one read those long rambling emails she wrote as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova. Somehow no one reading words in the vacuum of cyberspace felt much safer than people ignoring direct messages. She blogs at Musings from inside, outside, and underneath about living overseas (Chile, Cambodia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, and Albania (current home), her daughter (aka Little Elephant), food, and generally anything else that crosses her mind. Opinions expressed are solely her own and do not express the views or opinions of her employer

Amelia's first adventure.
Photo credit: Julieta
Community / Portraits

VillageQ Community: Hola from Argentina

I think it’s harder for LGBT people in small towns, especially for those in northern Argentina. Nonetheless, I think it’s amazing how everything changed after the approval of same-sex marriage. If you asked me 5 or 6 years ago, I couldn’t have imagined it would be like this.

Wedding Shoes
Photo Credit: Mama and Maman
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VillageQ Community: Creating a Family in Toronto

Hello Mama and Maman! Welcome to VillageQ. I love this interview— I know, I say that a lot, but it is true every time. I love this interview because of how willing Mama and Maman were to talk about their struggle with infertility and the loss they have faced (something that too […]

PHOTO: left to right, Christopher Drajem, Isabella, Patrick Sexton, Jordan 

photo by Jenny Sampson
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VillageQ Community: Finding Joy in Moments

Meet Christoper who lives in Seattle and blogs at Our Family Matters!

The Adoption Process
Family / Family-building

The Adoption Process

Dawn and Holly live in Arizona. Most of the local adoption agencies are not gay friendly, so they really had to expand their search.

Photo credit: Kate & Sharon of LesBeMums
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VillageQ Community: Growing As They Blog

Meet Kate and Sharon, parents to be from Brighton, East Sussex.

Photo Credit: Clare Masson
Books / Culture

How Does your Library Stack up?

I loved sorting our books as a joint activity. It was really insightful to hear how my daughter determined whether characters were boys or girls.

Photo Credit:  Tiny Lights Foundation
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VillageQ Community: Creating Family through Adoption

We have noticed that with a child, and especially one with Down syndrome and many medical issues, we do feel like we are constantly coming out.

VillageQ Community: Designing a Life Together
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VillageQ Community: Designing a Life Together

Meet Brent and his beautiful family!

Diverse and Beautiful: Welcome to the VillageQ Directory
Community / Featured blogs

Diverse and Beautiful: Welcome to the VillageQ Directory

Welcome to these new additions to the VillageQ directory!

VillageQ Community: Loving Nature
Community / Portraits

VillageQ Community: Loving Nature

It’s easy to let the relationship slide under the weight of work commitments and keeping the house together while taking care of three kids, but we make a point to have moms-only time.