Animated by visual elements, these stories -- of adversity and triumph, struggle and pride, and loss and hope -- are inseparable from the history of the city itself and highlight the ways LGBTQ Atlantans found a political voice and personal fulfillment and dignity. The chronology is a work in progress. Entries marked with bullets rather than dates indicate a more exact date needs to be determined; entries describing events taking place outside of Atlanta or Georgia a plus sign.
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Born-again singer Anita Bryant campaigns to overturn an anti-discrimination law protecting gay men and lesbians in Dade County, Fla. Inspired by her victory, Bryant founds the first national anti-gay group, Save Our Children, drawing unprecedented attention to gay issues and motivating gay groups to organize in response. Focus will move to Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cobb Commission Chairman Sam Olens' departure from office leaves his county to ponder both his legacy and his replacement. The legacy is large, and the challenges facing Olens' successor equally so. Olens has been lauded as a bridge-builder who reached across the river to strengthen ties between Atlanta and the suburbs during his eight years as chairman.
There are not many counties in America more conservative than this one, where the main stretch of interstate highway is named for a former John Birch Society president who represented the area in Congress and where the town of Kennesaw made national news a few years back by enacting an ordinance that required all residents to keep a firearm and ammunition at home. So it was not entirely out of character when the Cobb County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution this month condemning homosexuality, and then decided to cut off all arts financing rather than have to decide what art offended community values. But even those appalled by the emotional showdown over values that played out here say the dispute in this prosperous suburb, one of the fastest-growing counties in America, reflects a lot more than Cobb County's eccentricities.
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Like other such campaigns, this was probably primarily intended to elect religious and social conservatives to office in the Georgia primary races. As events played out, the normally low-key Cobb County Commission meetings became a soapbox for competing political agendas, differing religious viewpoints, the Klan, angry speakers on both sides of the issue and extensive media coverage. He felt that the county should not be supporting an organization that did not adhere to the family values that he thought were appropriate.
By detailing the ways these two plays were attacked by politicians and conservative religious groups, it becomes apparent that censorship is still at the heart of American democracy as is manifested by the ferocious debates around free speech as a result of the conservative revolution. Attitudes to homophobia then appeared to be a litmus test for free speech. The reception of these plays also highlighted the inner mechanism of censorship as a productive discourse that entails the risk of suppressing the artistic distance that provides a dissenting voice and a necessary criticism of the human condition.
But Lee is spending the final days before his head-to-head electoral clash with Bill Byrne attacking him in other ways. Byrne, who was chairman from, which was a general condemnation of "the gay lifestyle. Among the notable critics of the resolution was U.