Emory named most LGBT-friendly univer­sity in Ge­or­gia

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Emory Univer­sity was named by eCol­legeFin­der as Ge­or­gia’s most LGBT-friendly col­lege or univer­sity.

They looked at fac­tors like LGBT clubs, events, pro­grams, hous­ing, sup­port cen­ters, and over­all cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment at­ti­tudes to come up with the list.

“Emory regularly trains its staff on how to both pre­vent vi­o­lence and aid sur­vivors with coun­sel­ing and psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices,” they wrote in their rea­son­ing be­hind Emory top­ping the list in Ge­or­gia. “In ad­di­tion to in­di­vid­ual at­ten­tion, the school hosts events in­clud­ing the Emory Pride Drag Show. Since 2004, the show has brought both stu­dents and fac­ulty to the stage to per­form their hearts out. The money stu­dents pay to see pro­fes­sors and peers dress in drag goes straight to keep­ing the cam­pus LGBTQ sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion thriv­ing. Another great qual­ity is that gen­der-neu­tral hous­ing is avail­able and has re­cently ex­panded.”

Emory made Cam­pus Pride’s list of bravest cam­puses for LGBT stu­dents in the South last year, and they have a long history of LGBT in­volve­ment, whether it’s host­ing a con­fer­ence on black civil and LGBT rights or an LGBT doc­u­men­tary screen­ing, hold­ing their an­nual Pride Awards, or hous­ing LGBT doc­u­ments for his­tor­i­cal pur­poses. Although there was a dust-up in 2013 when the school’s Can­dler School of The­ol­ogy hon­ored an anti-LGBT min­is­ter.

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