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Emory Named Most LGBT-Friendly School In Georgia

According to a new study from eCollegeFinder, Emory University is the most LGBT-friendly campus in Georgia.
According to a new study from eCollegeFinder, Emory University is the most LGBT-friendly campus in Georgia.
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The most LGBT-friendly campus in Georgia is in DeKalb County.

It’s Emory University, according to a new study from eCollegeFinder.

The findings are based on local LGBT communities and their clubs, programs, housing and overall campus environmental attitudes.

Danielle Steele, the interim director of Emory’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Life, said that Emory had a long history of providing resources to support students.

“We’re going beyond some of those basics and talking about how it’s much more complex … Students hold so many different identities – more than just revolving around their sexual orientation or their gender identity or expression,” she said.

Emory developed its LGBT office in 1992.

Steele said the development came after some unrest and mistreatment of gay people were reported on campus.

Emory also offers same-sex domestic partnership benefits.

There are roughly 14,000 students at Emory. Steele estimates about 10 percent of the school’s population is gay.