Emory’s gayness ranks among top 25 in U.S.

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Emory’s gold-plated reputation, dinged recently by a data scandal, just got some more rainbow-colored luster. The Atlanta campus is among the 25 most LGBT-friendly colleges in the U.S.

It’s not like we didn’t already know, even if it’s continuing a campus bromance with Chick-fil-A. But the school is a leader in developing an HIV vaccine, hosts a big gay bike riding fundraiser, loves its LGBT employees and the gay love starts with its chief, James Wagner. They even hired another gay: City Councilmember Alex Wan, who joined their staff earlier this year as development director for Emory Libraries.

So Emory once again scored a perfect five stars from Campus Pride on its annual LGBT-friendly schools survey, announced Tuesday through a partnership with the Huffington Post. It’s the only school in the South that notched five stars. The school’s “Who is Out” cruise site must have helped.

Praising the top 25 list was Campus Pride Executive Director Shane Windmeyer. “Every student deserves to feel safe on campus, and all of these colleges are committed to creating a more LGBT-friendly campus,” he said in a statement.

Calling it “the most reliable, trusted source” of its kind, Windmeyer noted that the index differed from others in that its ratings were “done for and by” LGBT people. He also stated that there was still room for improvement across the board, particularly in rural areas and Midwest and Southern regions.

Emory made Campus Pride’s overachiever list in 2011, too, though the Princeton Review snubbed the school.

The only Georgia schools to even get close to Emory are Agnes Scott (4.5 of 5 stars) and Kennesaw State University (4.5). Other schools in the state didn’t score so well: UGA (3.5), Spelman (2.5), Georgia Gwinnett (3), Southern Poly (1.5), Clayton State (1.5) and Valdosta State (1.5).


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