Laws and Policies

Below are a helpful list of local, state, and federal laws and policies pertinent to member’s of Emory’s  LGBTQ community:


Among the many ways Emory University encourages and fosters diversity of sexual and gender identities is through its adherence to an equal opportunity and discriminatory harassment policy that includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Also on campus is the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, Emory offers benefits, including healthcare, to the same-sex spouses of faculty, staff, and students.

Gender-Inclusive Housing

The Office of Residence Life and Housing has expanded its gender-inclusive housing opportunities to include all undergraduate students. This policy allows all undergraduate students who are eligible for housing to request a roommate and/or suitemate of any sex or gender. Like any roommate request, only matched roommate requests will be honored. Students participating in the gender-inclusive housing program will be assigned to a room in either suite-style housing or apartment-style housing. If a student does not request gender-inclusive housing, the student will be assigned a same-sex roommate or roommates. This new policy helps create an environment that is inclusive of all students regardless of sex and gender.

For more information, prospective or current students can contact Sherry Ebrahimi at


You can learn more about the LGBT laws in Georgia by visiting the Human Rights Campaign. From second parent adoption to anti-discrimination laws, this website provides the most up-to-date information about legislation in Georgia. Keep in mind that local policies and ordinances may vary from state laws.

An additional resource for law and policy in the state is Lamba Legal, a national organization focusing on civil rights for LGBT people.

United States

Numerous federal laws affect LGBTQ people in various ways and are regularly changing as legislation is pushed, passed, or defeated. For the most updated list of relevant laws and federal legislation related to the LGBTQ communities, please visit the Human Rights Campaign’s website.