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Cobb anti-gay resolution resurfaces in commission race

Cobb County Commission

The runoff race for chairman of the Cobb County Commission took an interesting turn this week when incumbent Tim Lee blamed challenger Bill Byrne for the anti-gay resolution that led organizers of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics to pull planned volleyball events out of Cobb.

The 1993 resolution declared the “life style advocated by the gay community” was “incompatible with the standards to which this community subscribes.”

The resolution caused an uproar among Atlanta's gay and lesbian community and later spawned the “Olympics Out of Cobb” campaign, a successful attempt to force Olympic organizers to pull events from the county.

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OutSports wraps up LGBT medal winners in London Olympics

Seimone Augustus

More than 40 percent of the out LGBT Olympians took home medals, a better medal-winning percentage than Team USA.

OutSports.com, a website dedicated to LGBT issues in sports, provided in-depth coverage of the Olympics, including tallying 23 out Olympians from around the world.

"If Team Gay was a country, it would have finished 31st overall with seven medals, tied with Mexico, Ethiopia and Georgia," OutSports.com co-founder Cyd Zeigler noted in an excellent article wrapping up the London Games.

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Gay and gold

OutSports wraps up LGBT medal winners in London Olympics

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WNBA’s Atlanta Dream hosts first LGBT Pride night

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Still thrilled about sitting on your couch and cheering for the women's Olympic basketball team playing in London either on NBC or your laptop?

You now have a chance to put your seats in a stadium see Dream star and Team USA star Angel McCoughtry in person while also supporting LGBT equality as part of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream very first LGBT Pride night on Aug. 30 when the Dream takes on the Washington Mystics at Philips Arena.

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Melissa Carter: Spoiler alert

Melissa Carter

I love the Olympics. As long as I can remember, the Olympics have been a must-watch event for me and my family, and gave momentary inspiration that I too could be an Olympic athlete.

The London Games, however, offer a different challenge than in years passed. I still think I could find a random sport in which to achieve Olympic stardom, but as a spectator I have to decide if I want to find out results ahead of time, or wait until the American television coverage. I find I am choosing the latter.

The London Olympics are considered the first real-time Games, according to Mashable.com. NBC is hosting 3,500 hours of live coverage on nine TV channels, plus online streaming, compared to the 2,200 live hours provided from Beijing in 2008, and the 400 hours shown from Vancouver two years ago.

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Women’s soccer kicks off London Olympics

Megan Rapinoe

Today marked the first day of Olympic competition in the 2012 London Games with a day filled with women's soccer.

The U.S. Women's National Team, featuring out midfielder Megan Rapinoe, kicked off the games with its opening match of the games against France. The American ladies came away with a 4-2 victory after going down two goals to none, in large part to Rapinoe's solid midfield play.

There are some 21 openly gay and lesbian athletes competing in London, according to Outsports. That's already higher than the total of out Olympians in Beijing four years ago. But out of the 14,000 or so athletes competing at the games, something tells us there are a few more gay and lesbian athletes in London than the ones listed below.

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Atlanta swim coach goes for the gold

A coach for the Atlanta Rainbow Trout, the city's gay-friendly swim team, is hoping her backstroke is flawless in the coming days as she competes for a spot on the USA Swimming team and a chance to compete in the Olympics in London.

Heidi Hatteberg, who is straight, is making her second attempt at a spot on the USA swim team during swimming trials being held through July 2 in Omaha, Nebraska. Hatteberg is a Georgia Tech alum and the newest coach for the Atlanta Rainbow Trout, according to a press release from the Trout.

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Georgians go for gold at Gay Games

Atlanta participants in the 2010 Gay Games

There won’t be as many athletes marching behind the Team Atlanta banner when Gay Games VIII opens in Cologne, Germany, but participants say the spirit of camaraderie and competition remains strong.

Some 160 athletes from Atlanta participated in the last Gay Games, held in Chicago in 2006. Thanks in large part to the longer distance — and therefore increased costs and vacation time requirements — only about 30 will make the trek to Germany for this year’s Games, which get underway July 31 and run through Aug. 7.