Harrison with Chris Nevehev on Keamu Island, VanuatuNow Harrison has grown into the type of role model he once needed. The noted author and academic has made a career of traveling to isolated regions to study and document endangered languages.

As a result of his efforts, he’s become a National Geographic Explorer and a fellow of the international, multidisciplinary Explorers Club (founded in 1904).

He’s also the brains behind the club’s recent initiative seeking to bring greater visibility to LGBTQ+ explorers. As Harrison sees it, the lack of awareness isn’t for a dearth of suitable queer explorers.“There’s a distinguished history of LGBTQ people in exploration who were not out at the time and even, in some cases, not out centuries after their death,” Harrison explains.