The mission of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life is to engage the university community in the creation of an affirming and just campus environment while supporting the development of students of all gender and sexual identities. Emory University has a history of LGBT activism, involvement, and inclusion. The first student group on campus, the Gay Liberation Committee, was founded in 1972. Since that time, the University opened the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life and continued its work towards full access, inclusion and equity for LGBT students, faculty and staff. The Office of LGBT Life continually seeks to address policies, procedures, and facilities to make sure they fit the needs of our students. In our recent history, this has included making the Emory student health policy more trans*-inclusive and increasing training for Student Health staff to better address the needs of LGBT-identified patients. Although there is still work to be done, Emory University is committed to setting a standard for colleges and universities throughout the United States.
LGBTQ Student Opportunities
Colleges and universities want LGBTQ students, faculty and staff to be out and proud as part of the diversity of the campus community. The Campus Pride Index provides campuses the opportunity to come out as LGBTQ-friendly and take responsibility for continually improving their LGBTQ campus climate.
The Campus Pride Index features LGBTQ student opportunities by highlighting the positive work within higher education across the country. Prospective students and families may choose the best LGBTQ campuses searching the tool based on area of study, cost, location, type of campus and LGBTQ-inclusive policy, programs and practice for their college search.
Reminder: Learn more by signing-up for FREE to participate in Campus Pride's LGBTQ-friendly National College Fair Program in eight different cities and the Campus Pride National Online College Fair.
Commitment to LGBTQ Issues
We offer SCHOLARSHIPS AND LEADERSHIP FUNDING in the form of the Gala Leadership Award ($5000 scholarship), the Daniel D. Adame Student Leadership Fund (up to $1000 for student leaders), and the J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund (up to $1000 for leadership opportunities). We have several LGBTQ and allied STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: Emory Pride for undergraduates, Oxford Pride for undergraduates at Oxford College, Sacred Worth for the Candler School of Theology, OUTLaw for the school of law, Goizueta Pride Alliance for the Goizueta Business School, Emory Medical Alliance for the School of Medicine, the Queer/Trans Collaborative at Rollins School of Public Health, and the LGBTQ+ Grad Student Coalition. We host between nine to eleven weekly QUEER DISCUSSION GROUPS for students including: Bisexual/Pansexual, Queer Students of Color, TransForming Gender, Queer Men, Queer & Asian, Queer Women, Polyamory, BlackOUT, and Aces & Aros. We host several QUEER & TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR events including QTPOC brunches with students, faculty, and staff and family dinners for Black queer and trans community members. We have several EVENTS including Emory's participation in Atlanta Pride, the largest Pride celebration in the Southeast, the Emory Pride Drag Show, and the annual Pride Awards celebration of the protest and march that moved the university to offer more resources and inclusive policies for LGBT students, faculty and staff.
Why you'll love Emory University
"The Emory vision calls for us to be a diverse community whose intellectual and moral engagement makes room for the other, for our own and for others’ differences. This vision invites and even requires a certain authenticity, authenticity of self, a kind of eagerness to take each other seriously in all of our variousness. Whether you are male, female, transgender; irrespective of national, ethnic or racial heritage; whether you are gay or lesbian, straight or queer; whether you adhere to a religious faith or not, you have a place at Emory working for positive transformation. You should feel free to live out your authenticity with Pride."
— James Wagner, Emory University President
"Emory’s LGBT Life has given me a real niche where I feel not only safe and comfortable, but also proud and strong. Everyone at LGBT Life has helped me learn, grow, and thrive. They have given me many opportunities for leadership. I have made many friends connections with wonderful people. Thanks to them, I have a passion to continue in the great work we are doing today."
— 21-year-old queer male senior
"As an alumna looking at campus life, there seems to be more than simple acceptance of LGBT students and issues, there is an embracing attitude toward diversity in general and LGBT issues in particular. The Office of LGBT Life has been at the forefront of that attitude and culture."
— Class of 1973 Alumna, lesbian
"Emory has a burgeoning LGBT population and, like in most university environments, most students are in the process of actively identifying themselves. While the student body isn't at the ideal general viewpoint, Emory is much better than most schools at accepting and embracing LGBT people and culture. The LGBT resources at Emory are broad enough to assist students from virtually every gender or LGBT background and tends to their growing and diverse needs. I was able to find friends at an even faster rate after coming out due to the wide acceptance at Emory."
— Grant Schleifer, Queer, Class of 2015
Highlights & Organizations
Groups & activities
Overall Campus Pride Index Score
The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015.
The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities. Campus Pride commends the campuses participating in the index and their willingness to come out, be visible and actively advocate for improving higher education for LGBTQ people.
LGBTQ-friendly break-down by inclusion factors
|Sexual Orientation Score||4.5 of 5|
|Gender Identity/Expression Score||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Policy Inclusion||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Academic Life||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Student Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life||5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Campus Safety||4 of 5|
|LGBTQ Counseling & Health||4.5 of 5|
|LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention Efforts||3.5 of 5|
LGBTQ-Friendly Report Card
LGBTQ Policy Inclusion
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of sexual orientation|
|Non-discrimination statement inclusive of gender identity/expression|
|Health insurance coverage to employees’ same sex partner|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their name on university records and documents|
|Accessible, simple process for students to change their gender identity on university records and documents|
|Students have option to self-identify sexual orientation on admission application or post enrollment forms|
|Students have option to self-identify gender identity/expression on admission application or post enrollment forms|
LGBTQ Support & Institutional Commitment
|Resource center/office with responsibilities for LGBTQ students|
|Paid staff with responsibilities for LGBTQ support services|
|Ally program or Safe Space/Safe Zone|
|Actively seek to employ diversity of faculty & staff including visible, out LGBTQ people|
|Standing advisory committee that deals with LGBTQ issues|
|LGBTQ alumni group|
LGBTQ Academic Life
|LGBTQ studies program|
|LGBTQ specific course offerings|
|Actively recruit faculty for LGBTQ-related academic scholarship|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation issues|
|New faculty/staff training opportunities on gender identity issues|
|LGBTQ faculty/staff organization|
LGBTQ Student Life
|LGBTQ & Ally student organization|
|LGBTQ & Ally graduate student organization|
|LGBTQ social fraternity/sorority|
|Regularly plans LGBTQ social activities|
|Regularly plans educational events on transgender issues|
|Regularly offers educational events surrounding intersectionality of identities for LGBTQ people|
|LGBTQ-inclusive career services|
LGBTQ Housing & Residence Life
|LGBTQ living space, theme floors and/or living-learning community|
|Roommate matching for LGBTQ students to find LGBTQ-friendly roommate|
|Gender-inclusive housing for new students|
|Gender-inclusive housing for returning students|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy restroom facilities in campus housing|
|Gender-inclusive/single occupancy shower facilities in campus housing|
|Trains residence life and housing staff at all levels on LGBTQ issues and concerns|
LGBTQ Campus Safety
|Procedure for reporting LGBTQ related bias incidents and hate crimes|
|Active ongoing training for hate crime prevention|
|Active outreach to LGBTQ students and student organization|
|Trains campus police on sexual orientation issues|
|Trains campus police on gender identity/expression issues|
|Supports victims of LGBTQ sexual violence and partner violence|
LGBTQ Counseling & Health
|LGBTQ counseling/support groups|
|Trans-inclusive trained counseling staff|
|Free, anonymous and accessible HIV/STI testing|
|LGBTQ-inclusive health information and safer sex materials available|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers ongoing counseling services|
|Trans-inclusive student health insurance policy which covers hormone replacement therapy|
LGBTQ Recruitment & Retention
|Annually participates in LGBTQ admission fairs|
|LGBTQ student scholarships|
|LGBTQ mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBTQ students in transitioning to academic and college life|
|Special Lavender or Rainbow Graduation ceremony for LGBTQ students and allies|
|Admission counselors receive LGBTQ-inclusive training and resources|