SF LGBT philanthropists tour gay South Africa

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by Heather Cassell

Anyone who knows Jody Cole, owner of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, know she’s passionate about Africa and loves sharing knowledge about the continent, but this time she wasn’t leading the tour, she was being led.

Cole, along with 17 other European and U.S. LGBT philanthropists – including San Franciscans Tracy Gary and her partner Inka von Sternenfels – participated in a first-of-its-kind donor trip to South Africa focused on LGBT issues in January. The trip was organized through Atlantic Philanthropies.

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Out in Africa – Wild Rainbow’s safaris take you into the heart of the world’s most exciting continent.

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by Merryn Johns

Africa is a place of fascination for many, especially those who love its iconic spectrum of indigenous wildlife. But lately, lesbians have had reason to rethink this compelling continent: A wave of homophobia is sweeping several African nations, while in others, such as South Africa, LGBT travelers enjoy relative freedom. To help us navigate a once-in-a-lifetime African adventure, we sought out Jody Cole, the owner of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, and asked her to share her story and expertise. Read Full Article.

Wild Rainbow African Safaris Founder Jody Cole Elected to IGLHRC Board

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Jody Cole, founder and guide of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, has been elected to the board of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the preeminent organization focused on the pursuit of human rights for LGBT people across the globe. Read full article.

Lesbian climbs African peak to raise funds for LGBT youth

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It was a climb she initially resisted but turned into a journey aimed at improving the lives of LGBT youth who are struggling with their sexual orientation.

With each step Jody Cole, an out lesbian and former San Francisco resident who now lives in Ukiah in Mendocino County, took up the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa earlier this month another dollar was raised for the statewide LGBT lobbying group Equality California.

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