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

TGIF: Kids are kids
Media

TGIF: Kids are kids

​​I love being part of this queer parenting site. I love being around other queer parents. I love being able to say, without explaining. I love the community and the support and being part of the cool club. I love learning to help people redirect those innocent yet oh so inappropriate […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, from Kenya, is one of Africa's leading literary figures.  He outed himself in response to wave of homophobic laws across continent last week and intends to continue life and travel in the continent.
Life / News & Politics / Travel

Why Binyavanga Wainaina matters

She came into my life slowly, from left field, and then exploded into my heart, making me believe things about love that you only read in fairy tales. But I should go back a bit. I was finishing grad school at the time and she had a year left. We […]

Photo: Adam Jones
Community / Featured blogs

Spring cleaning for the new year

You know how spring cleaning gets you ready for spring?  Apparently, blogroll updating got me ready for 2014!  Thank you to all of our blogs who have been so patient in waiting to be added to the directory.  Our new blog listing intake form should help to expedite this process […]

Make your resolutions reality
Advice / Life

Make your resolutions reality

Over the past few weeks, I have been taking a leadership training. One of the trainers was fond of asking us, “What is the difference between a goal and a New Year’s resolution?” Given that I had the question answered for me many times by that same trainer, I am […]

From peace in the home to peace in the world
Life / News & Politics / Sex & relationships

From peace in the home to peace in the world

Do you know that we are in the 16 days of activism against gender based violence?  This annual season runs from November 25 (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to December 10 (International Human Rights Day).  Each year, a new theme is picked, this year: From peace in the home […]

Albania Gay Ride Against Discrimination (May 2013)
Photo: Clare Masson
News & Politics

Country of contradictions: Albania and same-sex partnerships

A country where a recent survey said 53% believe that “gays and lesbians should not be free to live as they wish” is not a country where you expect to hear about same-sex marriage legislation being introduced and supported by both government and opposition. But, Albania is, at times, a […]

Defining Family
Extended family / Family / Travel

Defining Family

I was 15 when I asked my parents how Uncle Dave was related to us.  They looked at each other a bit perplexed. It wasn’t that this was some tawdry secret; I think they had just never considered how having your child call someone “Uncle Dave” for her entire life […]

Photo: The Natalia Project
News & Politics

Life without fear

To some extent or another, we all live in fear. The truth is that members of our community are still often denied equal rights and protections under the law, we face a higher incidence of violence, and we have had to learn to assess the safety of our surroundings (even […]

Comfort food: Rice pudding
Culture / Food

Comfort food: Rice pudding

Are you one of those people who puts it all out there on the Internet? A blogger who processes online and bares her soul? I am not. But, I do find blogging very therapeutic, a place I return to in search of community and support, a place where I can […]

VQ comes out: Feeling like Judas
Life

VQ comes out: Feeling like Judas

Next up for VQ Comes Out – our series honoring National Coming Out Day and LGBT History month winds down as Clare shares her story – from Drama Club to straight prom dates to coming out as queer while married to a man. ~ The Editors [hr]  How many times have you come out? […]