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.
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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.
ody 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.
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.