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Fall Preview: Rooftops to escape the late summer heat

The view from FAB restaurant

As fall nears, we’re all yearning to escape the late summer heat. Act like the superhero you are. Did you know you were “different” when you had a crush on Superman or Wonder Woman? Me too. So now, fly high in the sky and try these lofty rooftop bars and restaurants.

Whenever my partner and I have friends in from out of town, they always ask to go to downtown Atlanta. We always reply that Atlanta is a commuter city, but there are still some very viable places to entertain out of town guests.

We start by going to the bar at the Sun Dial restaurant on top of the Peachtree Plaza. I remember when I was a kid and my mother took me there. I had a Shirley Temple and felt like I was the most metropolitan child ever, sipping my pink fizzy drink as the bar rotated slowly to reveal the Southern Empire Skyline. On a clear day you can see forever. It’s really pretty at night.

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Restaurants where gay PDA is A-OK

Atlantans joined in the celebrations earlier this month when a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, was unconstitutional. Sure, the case is being appealed, but we can still rejoice in the strongly worded ruling that affirmed our rights as lesbian and gay Americans.

All of the Prop 8 revelry made me think about places where I could truly be myself and grab my partner’s hand on the table and say, “I love you.” I’m not a big PDA person, but I don’t see anything wrong with a quick kiss or hand-holding as long as it doesn’t turn into an adult movie.

Here are some gay places in Atlanta where you can give your same-sex partner affection without feeling awkward. You may even want to propose and plan your California wedding.

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‘Patrik, Age 1.5’ explores gay couple’s unusual adoption

Patrik, Age 1.5

How do you say “Lifetime Television” in Swedish? The story told in “Patrik, Age 1.5” (“Patrik 1,5”), which debuted in last year’s Out on Film, is very familiar, but in most versions the principal couple is heterosexual. (“Breakfast with Scot” was a recent exception.)

Göran (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Sven (Torkel Petersson) are not hetero, and they’ve got the wedding rings to prove it. Oh, Sven was married to a woman once, and she brings their reluctant 16-year-old daughter around periodically to remind him.

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Nothing beats barbecue for signature summer meals

Atlanta Barbecue

I’ll admit that I’m no BBQ OCD like some critics who rock back and forth muttering descriptions like char and bark. As a child in the Atlanta ‘burbs, I only knew the Old Hickory House, which we rarely went to at night since my mother didn’t eat barbecue in public because it was messy and would get her burgundy manicured nails dirty. Their barbecue beef omelet is still really good.

Today Atlanta has a ton of crave-worthy barbecue joints that embrace the imaginative, yet don’t lose sight of Southern traditions. At many, the sides can be as good and as creative as the meats.

Rolling Bones, located on Edgewood Avenue, made Bon Appetit’s 10 best barbecue places in the U.S. for 2009 and serves organic meats. Rolling Bones has that smoky, spicy complexity that signifies a real talented pit master, y’all.